Jimmy Kimmel 'shocked' at Trump vote total: 'I overestimated the American people'

ABC's Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelScorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media Secret Service records confirm investigation into John Mulaney over Caesar assassination joke Annual Snowball Express event to thank military families goes virtual amid pandemic MORE said he was "shocked" at the amount of support President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE received on Election Day, with the late-night host and staunch Trump critic saying he feels like he "overestimated the American people.”

“It is unimaginable to me that close to half of American voters saw what this man has done to this country over the last four years [and supported him],” Kimmel said in his opening monologue on Wednesday night.

“He Kowtowed to Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussian protesters pelt police with snowballs as more than 2,000 arrested Russia arrests hundreds of protesters demanding release of Kremlin critic Navalny What might have been, if Trump had not acted as his own worst enemy MORE. He cozied up to Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnLike his predecessors, Biden faces a formidable task with North Korea North Korea displays ballistic missiles at parade Pelosi's risky blunder: Talking about Trump and nuclear war MORE. He alienated us from our allies. He put children in cages. He villainized the press, hid his tax returns. He tear-gassed peaceful protestors. He pardoned his criminal buddies. He extorted Ukraine. He misled us about COVID. He dismantled the Pandemic Response Team. He dismantled healthcare," he added.


“He is a liar and a cheat who wants them to stop counting thousands of legitimate votes—and almost half us are apparently OK with that,” Kimmel later concluded. “Half of us want it to keep going for four more years.”

Trump has so far received more than 68 million votes in this year's election, the most for any Republican presidential candidate in history, eclipsing the nearly 63 million he received in 2016.

George W. Bush had received the most for any GOP candidate prior to Trump, amassing just over 62 million.

Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE has received the most votes of any presidential candidate in history with 72.7 million counted so far, topping Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJoe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Extremism in the U.S. military Tom Brokaw retiring from NBC News after 55 years MORE's more than 69 million in 2008.

Biden appeared favored in Tuesday's election as officials in a number of states continued counting votes days after Election Day. Trump's campaign has lodged complaints in several states as his electoral path has narrowed.