Jimmie Walker’s Comedy Is 100 Percent Free of Divisive Political Spin
Donald Trump 'is our president. We need to unite America,' said the former 'Good Times' star on 'The Ingraham Angle' Tuesday night
Jimmie “J.J.” Walker, who played J.J. Evans in the beloved ’70s-era comedy “Good Times,” is still serving up the “dy-no-mite” laughs, but he’s doing so as a standup comedian these days.
Walker, 71 (above right), has teamed up with “Police Academy” star Michael Winslow in a show called “We’re Still here,” which debuted on August 7.
Walker’s comedy differs radically from that of his colleagues in one noticeable way.
He won’t gratuitously bash President Donald Trump.
Walker joined host Laura Ingraham Tuesday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” to react to allegations of racism against President Trump. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) had lodged some of those charges earlier in the day.
“Frederica Wilson’s one of my favorites,” Ingraham joked. “She’s the gift that keeps on giving.”
“[Donald Trump] is our president,” the veteran comedian responded. “We need to unite America … We’re not the ‘Divided States of America.’ We’re the United States of America.”
That is practically a shocking statement coming from a comedian today.
Many in Hollywood can’t seem to stop taking cheap jabs at the president and his administration. Nightly, they assault fans with tired rants tinged with thinly disguised leftist dogma. Respect for the president is virtually nonexistent.
Quite the opposite is true for Walker.
“Donald Trump is a guy [who is] not a politician,” said Walker. “He’s an action guy … America, get on board, and start defending Americans,” Walker added, and he described the president as an “American patriot.”
“Why is it that the entire world of comedy is now so politicized?” said Ingraham. “Steven Colbert would literally wither up and … melt into himself if there was a night where he couldn’t discuss Trump.”
“There’s not one pro-Trump joke out there besides mine,” said Walker. “And that’s unfortunate.”
“The Left is in the business of keeping us angry. And that’s the entire entertainment industry. Again, most of the people who like Trump have gone underground,” said Ingraham, adding that Walker is one of the few in Hollywood who haven’t kept their support for the president under wraps.
“I think Trump is the guy for our times, and he is the best guy for right now,” Walker responded.
Though she’s not in the entertainment industry, of course, one Trump opponent made a spectacle of her hatred and disrespect earlier on Tuesday by invoking the foulest and most patently untrue insult imaginable.
“Mr. Trump is a white supremacist,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson to CNN’s John Berman. “He has surrounded himself with white supremacists, and everything that comes out of that White House is racist.”
Donning her signature cowboy hat, the lawmaker proclaimed, “He has taken this country to its knees.”
Wilson, a member of the House of Representatives since 2011, was referring to President Trump’s tweet earlier in the day in which he roundly criticized former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, using some choice words, including “lowlife” and “dog.”
“We need to start laughing. We need to start loving. We need to start respecting each other.”
“We already have racism raining down all over America. People can’t even enjoy themselves. They can’t even enjoy an evening out,” said Wilson. “The president of the United States is calling a woman of color a dog. How dare he! How dare he call anyone a dog!”
Though she included #HowDareHe hashtag in her Twitter post promoting her interview with CNN bashing the president — the hashtag has gained almost no traction.
— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) August 14, 2018
Speaking last week on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Jimmie Walker called for a return to civility in America — a characteristic Wilson failed to display on Tuesday.
“We’ve lost the civil behavior that we need,” said Walker. “We must be more civil. We must be more understanding.”
“Now comedy is so divided … We need to start laughing. We need to start loving. We need to start respecting each other.”
Michele Blood is a Flemington, New Jersey-based freelance writer and a regular contributor to LifeZette.