Jimmy Kimmel mocks Pence delivery of PPE

Late-night host Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelMegan Fox: Critics who bashed Trump 'legend' remark have a 'burn a witch at the stake mentality' Trump is gone, but the jokes remain James Corden to change popular segment after backlash MORE mocked Vice President Pence after he was caught on hot mic apparently joking about carrying empty boxes while delivering personal protective equipment (PPE) to a Virginia nursing home on Thursday.

"Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe MORE pretending to carry empty boxes of PPEs into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is and what he's doing: A big box of nothing delivering another box of nothing," Kimmel said during the monologue on his show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Thursday night.

He played a video clip of Pence delivering boxes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Alexandria, Va., on Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic.


"Since it was going so well, and also because he didn't realize he had a mic on, Magic Mike decided to keep it going," Kimmel said, introducing the video.

In it, Pence is told boxes in a van are empty. Pence, caught at low volume in the video, responds: "Well can I carry the empty ones? Just for the cameras?" 

In the full video taken by C-Span, Pence carries several boxes from a van to the home before being told the rest of the boxes in the van are empty. Pence does not actually carry any of the empty boxes.

Kimmel later apologized for the missing context, but continued to call the PPE delivery a "staged publicity stunt."

"it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth," Kimmel tweeted.


The Kimmel clip was shared on Twitter by Rep. Bobby RushBobby Lee RushHouse passes host of bills to strengthen cybersecurity in wake of attacks OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats lay out vision for Civilian Climate Corps | Manchin to back controversial public lands nominee | White House details environmental justice plan Democrats lay out vision for Civilian Climate Corps MORE (D-Ill.), among other Pence critics.

"As @jimmykimmel said, Mike Pence pretending to help during a crisis is the perfect metaphor for the failures of this administration in handling this pandemic," Rush tweeted.

The Hill has reached out to the vice president's office for comment. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE earlier this week referred to Kimmel as "wacko 'last placer' Jimmy Kimmel" in a tweet.


"I think what he meant to tweet was, 'I am completely devastated by the loss of life caused by this virus,'" Kimmel responded on his show Thursday night.

-Updated 1:20 p.m.