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Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and his production team convinced Californians that the Senate recently voted to confirm the late Christopher Columbus to the Supreme Court, and didn’t have to do much work to accomplish it.
On Monday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the host announced that his production team hit the streets of Los Angeles in order to gauge the public’s opinion of the new controversial Supreme Court justice.
No, not that one, the 500-plus-year-old explorer, Christopher Columbus.
In introducing the segment — “Lie Witness News” — Kimmel said, “You know, I mentioned Columbus at the top of the show, and Columbus is, I think, of all the historical figures, George Washington, Lincoln. Columbus might be the third that we learned the most about in elementary school, so people should know who he is, right?” Wrong, apparently.
“There’s a lot going on in the country, so we decided to combine two of the big things going on right now. We went out on the streets this afternoon and we asked people what they thought about Christopher Columbus being nominated to the Supreme Court,” he explained, and introduced the segment.
In the video, one of the show’s producers can be heard asking a young blonde woman on the street, “Do you agree with Congress’ controversial decision to confirm Donald Trump’s nominee, Christopher Columbus, to the Supreme Court?”
The woman answered in the affirmative, and added, “I just believe that it’s so long ago in the past, and there’s not enough evidence to back it up. … Like, 30 years.”
The producer later asked a second person — this time a young man — and he answered, “Sometimes, you just like … it’s a hard question. It’s a hard case study. But, like, what are you going to do about it?”
The producer approached another young woman and said, “In your opinion, do you think that the fact that Columbus discovered America, it should keep him off the Supreme Court?”
The woman answered, “I would say yes, but I don’t really understand why the reasoning would be.”
You can watch the rest of the answers and the full segment in the video below.