Kimmel: Trump a 'people pleaser' trying to win applause

Jimmy Kimmel said in a new interview that President Trump is a “people pleaser” who will say anything to win applause.

"You see that when he goes to one of these rallies, and I think he's the sort of man that will say whatever gets a big cheer," the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host told USA Today.

“I just feel like if he was surrounded by a lot of good people, we'd be in a much better position,” Kimmel said.


“And if people were cheering for things like universal health care and real action on climate change, he would gravitate toward those things,” Kimmel — whose show has seen a ratings surge as his jokes and monologues have become increasingly political — added. “I think we need a way to make that happen. We need a big rally for him in which positive things are rewarded with praise.”

Asked if his role as ABC’s late-night funnyman has changed since Trump became commander in chief, Kimmel replied, “My philosophy, if I have such a thing, has always been to give my take on the news of the day, and that goes back to when I was in radio. It just so happens that our president is a very interesting character and is dominating the news, and will sometimes do three or four remarkable things in a day's time.”

“I wish he would slow down a little, because it's hard keeping up with him. You thought the Kardashians were hard to keep up with — Mr. Trump is even cagier,” Kimmel, 49, quipped.

Kimmel — who made an emotional plea for ObamaCare in May after revealing his newborn son was born with a heart defect — defended the political focus on his program, saying he doesn’t fret about alienating viewers: “If you pasteurize your show, you'll be the worse for it.”

While he’s previously said he’d love to have Trump sit down on his couch as a guest, Kimmel also offered an invitation to the vice president.

“I would be interested in interviewing Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBrunson release spotlights the rot in Turkish politics and judiciary Scrap the Third Communique with China, keep the Six Assurances to Taiwan US must encourage world action to end genocide in Burma MORE, for sure. Not that he'd be candid, but I'd love to know what's going on,” Kimmel told the newspaper.

“In a way, I think he's the most interesting character in this whole story, just the position he's put himself in. I wonder what his goals are, what his ambitions and what his real beliefs are. I feel we don't necessarily know.”