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

ABC's 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 said he was "shocked" at the amount of support President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel 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 PutinFox News: 'Entirely unacceptable' for 'NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson' Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week MORE. He cozied up to Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnUS diplomat says she's concerned about North Korea food shortages linked to pandemic Xi, Kim vow to strengthen North Korea and China's friendship, cooperation North Korea reports 'grave incident' related to COVID-19 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 BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE has received the most votes of any presidential candidate in history with 72.7 million counted so far, topping Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEmergency infrastructure needed to keep Americans safe: Public media Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law Congress is to blame for the latest ruling on DACA 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.