A former Congressman from Illinois couldn’t resist taking to Twitter to be a huge asshole to Jimmy Kimmel’s infant son.
On Monday night, late night host Jimmy Kimmel began his show with a tearful monologue about how his infant son nearly died due to a heart condition just after he was born last week, and choked up several times talking about how he and his wife were completely blindsided by the sudden turn of events following what should have been a joyful event. Kimmel thanked the doctors and hospital staff who worked to save his son, and ended the monologue with an emotional plea to Congress and President Trump to make healthcare for everyone a priority.
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. Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. You were born with a pre-existing condition. And if your parents didn’t have medical insurance, you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition.
If your baby is going to die, and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make. I think that’s something that, whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat or something else, we all agree on that, right?
This didn’t stop right-wing talk radio pundit Joe Walsh from tweeting out an insensitive response to Kimmel’s viral plea:
Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn't obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else's health care.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) May 2, 2017
Walsh, who was elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and soundly defeated in 2012, didn’t make a lot of friends with his tweet. The first responses to his tweet were met with critics pointing out that Walsh is a deadbeat dad who owes back child support:
@WalshFreedom The laws of your state and this nation obligate you to pay your child support.
— David Roth (@david_j_roth) May 2, 2017
— Chris Person (@Papapishu) May 2, 2017
Watch Kimmel’s full monologue below: