Jimmy Kimmel has become one of Hollywood’s most outspoken leftists, but that’s not stopping him from endorsing a Republican for public office.
The late-night host recently appeared in a campaign video and endorsed Jimmy Vega (pictured above to the right of Kimmel) for North Las Vegas Constable.
Kimmel’s reasoning for the endorsement likely boils down to his personal relationship with Vega.
The two attended Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, together and have known each other since they were about 12 years old.
Kimmel, now age 50, interviews his friend Vega in the new campaign video and tells him he is proud of him for running for office.
Vega, 51, has served for 25 years in the military and is currently in the Navy Reserves.
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“For me it was an integrity issue … You know, you work hard, not everybody is meant to be a cop, not everybody is meant to be a firefighter, not everybody is meant to be in the military. You have to go through your prospective boot camps or academies to earn it, and that’s how I feel — I feel you just have to earn everything in life,” Vega says in the video.
In the video, Kimmel asks his friend about his goals in public office and if his family is supportive of his political career.
He even manages to crack a few jokes.
Kimmel has become increasingly political in recent years. He will often target President Donald Trump and other conservatives in his late-night monologues and he will sometimes completely abandon comedy to simply go on political rants, no matter what the reaction afterward.
Kimmel recently called the president a liar after Trump wrote a USA Today op-ed touting the fact that people with pre-existing conditions could still get health care coverage.
The late-night host said he was upset over the president’s “truly, outrageously claiming that he kept a promise to protect coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.”
“No, you didn’t keep that promise,” Kimmel said. “That promise was forced on you because John McCain gave you the finger and so you weren’t able to not keep that promise. That’s not keeping a promise.”
He continued, “This is like claiming you saved people from drowning after you put a hole in the side of the ship. It’s just a lie. It’s another lie.”
For more on Republican Jimmy Vega’s political campaign for North Las Vegas Constable, check out the video shown below: