Kimmel sprang to the defense of the nation’s top infectious diseases expert with a lengthy monologue that took aim at the scientist’s critics, including Fox News personality Tucker Carlson and Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.).
“This man has been working on behalf of the public — that’s us — for more than 50 years,” Kimmel said, referring to Fauci. “He served under six presidents starting with Reagan, President Bush, President Clinton, another President Bush, Obama, Trump and now Biden. Republicans and Democrats. To suggest that his politics have anything to do with his work or what he recommends, it’s ridiculous. And it’s a lie.”
“Dr. Fauci has probably done more good for the world than all of us in this room combined,” Kimmel said. “But that doesn’t matter to them. They see him as a character in this real-world Wrestlemania they’ve cooked up.”
“Even Trump says he liked him. He doesn’t say that about his own children, OK?” he cracked.
Kimmel later debuted a new nickname for extremist Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.).
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.