Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Donald Trump ‘Unified Reich’ Video

Jimmy Kimmel has mocked Donald Trump after a video about a “unified Reich” was posted to the former president’s social media platform.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee in this year’s general election, is campaigning for a second term in the White House. On May 20, a video was uploaded to his Truth Social account suggesting there would be a “unified Reich” if he won in November.

In the 30-second clip, a narrator asked, “What happens after Donald Trump wins?” as mocked-up newspaper headlines appeared. One said, “Industrial strength significantly increased driven by the creation of a unified Reich.”

The word Reich is largely associated with Nazi Germany’s Third Reich, which was responsible for the genocide of 6 million Jewish people and the persecution of other groups. The clip has since been deleted from Trump’s account, and Karoline Leavitt, Trump’s campaign press secretary, told Newsweek that any correlation to Nazi Germany was unintentional.

In the May 21 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host commented on the video, telling his audience: “OK, if you zoom in, you can see they slipped in the words ‘a unified Reich.’ A Fourth Reich, if you will. The good news is, Trump wants to bring the country together. The bad news is, that country is Germany in 1933.”

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Jimmy Kimmel, left, in Los Angeles on June 5, 2022, and former President Donald Trump, right, in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 19. Kimmel has criticized a video that was posted to Trump’s Truth Social…

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Kimmel continued: “His campaign said it wasn’t Trump who reposted the video. It was one of the—I guess one of the junior Nazis who work for him. What else does this man have to do for people to see what he is? Grow the mustache? What if he grew the mustache?

“What if he grew a little blond Hitler mustache and started strutting around with his arm out straight? You think it would have any effect? How many of his supporters do you think would say, ‘All right, that’s too much for me.’ I’d guess maybe 10.”

Kimmel also gave Trump a new nickname: “Reich Tyson.”

When asked to comment on Kimmel’s remarks, Steven Cheung, Trump’s campaign spokesperson, told Newsweek, “Is that the same Jimmy Kimmel that dresses in blackface?”

Kimmel previously faced a backlash for performing sketches in blackface, for which he has since apologized.

Newsweek has contacted a spokesperson for Kimmel for comment via email.

While the video has drawn criticism from Kimmel and others who liken it to Nazism, Trump’s campaign press secretary said: “This was not a campaign video, it was created by a random account online and reposted by a staffer who clearly did not see the word, while the President was in court.”

“The real extremist is Joe Biden who has turned his back on Israel and the Jewish people by bowing down to radical antisemites and terrorist sympathizers in his party like Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” she added.

Newsweek has contacted Biden, Omar and Ocasio-Cortez for comment.

This isn’t the first time Kimmel has roasted Trump on his show. The two men have been in a public feud since 2020, when the comedian reposted a video that claimed Vice President Mike Pence was using empty boxes of personal protective equipment for a photo opportunity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kimmel apologized on air for sharing the video, which had been edited, but he immediately criticized the Trump administration. The former president knocked Kimmel on X, formerly Twitter, calling him a “last place” host.

In March, Trump criticized Kimmel’s presenting skills at the Academy Awards on Truth Social, and the host read Trump’s post out loud to the audience.

“Has there EVER been a WORSE HOST than Jimmy Kimmel at The Oscars,” Trump wrote. “His opening was that of a less than average person trying too hard to be something which he is not, and never can be.

“Get rid of Kimmel and perhaps replace him with another washed up, but cheap, ABC ‘talent,’ George Slopanopoulos. He would make everybody on stage look bigger, stronger, and more glamorous.”

Trump hit out at Kimmel for the Oscar’s gag again in April. The business mogul seemingly confused the TV star for actor Al Pacino, who delivered the Best Actor award at this year’s ceremony.