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Late Night Tackles Trump and impeachment

Jimmy Kimmel says Trump has no one to blame but himself for his impeachment pickle

It was "a major news day in the history of the United States," Jimmy Kimmel said on Tuesday's Kimmel Live, because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump's actions. "Oh, it's not going to get rid of him," he laughed after the audience applauded the news. Pelosi has "been very reluctant to do this, but once again, Donald Trump is doing what he does best: Forcing a woman to do something she didn't want to do."

The impeachment inquiry stems from Trump's July call to Ukraine's president, during which he asked Ukraine several times to investigate Joe Biden and his son; just a few days earlier, Trump had ordered his staff to withhold military aid to Ukraine. "And they needed the aid to protect themselves from his buddy in Russia," Kimmel explained. "Still, despite all this, the president said he did nothing wrong, he said the call was perfect, it was a perfect call. Even the Ukraine he turns in to Me-kraine. He's now claiming he was withholding the money to stop corruption," Kimmel added, laughing. "But I guess he feels like nothing can stop him now. He got away with Russia in the election, it makes perfect sense he would ask Ukraine to help him with the next one."

"All this drama, all of this is because he's dumb, because he gets on the phone and he can't resist saying stupid stuff," Kimmel said. "You know, in 2014, Donald Trump tweeted: 'Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?' Well, I guess we're about to find out." He ran through Trump's somnolent United Nations speech, laughed at the battle of Raul Ruizes in Southern California, and offered an idea to increase America's dismal voter turnout rate. "Democracy fixed, you're welcome," Kimmel said. Watch below. Peter Weber