Walsh receives backlash for comments about son of Jimmy Kimmel

The monologue received widespread support for his trial and congratulations for his son, who survived an emergency open heart operation only a few days after being born.
By Tracy Williams | May 02, 2017
Former U.S. Congressman, Joe Walsh, received backlash for comments he made about the son of Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel performed an opening monologue in ode to his son, Billy Kimmel, who was born with congenital heart disease.

"We were brought up to believe that we live in the greatest country in the world, but until a few years ago, millions and millions of us had no access to health insurance at all," said Kimmel during the Monday airing of the show. "Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease, like my son was, there's a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition."

The monologue received widespread support for his trial and congratulations for his son, who survived an emergency open heart operation only a few days after being born. The supporters turned avid defenders when former Representative Joe Walsh (R, Illinois) did not share in the empathy for Kimmel.

Walsh, who is now a syndicated radio host, was referencing Kimmel's opening monologue in which he made a case for former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn't obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else's health care," tweeted Walsh, a syndicated radio host, on Tuesday.

"Joe, you won't even pay child support for your OWN kids. We already knew you felt this way, you worm. No need to tell us -- we're good," tweeted comedian, Patton Oswald, in defense.

 

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