For his first formal interview in 118 days, President Joe Biden sat down with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
The president was interviewed on a wide range of issues, from gun control laws to the prospect of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the Supreme Court. Despite having historically low approval ratings at 36 percent, according to certain survey data, Biden claims his team has accomplished “staggering things” and is making progress.
The president went on to criticize the Republican Party, claiming that it has drifted too far to the right.
“It’s mostly intimidation from the NRA. This isn’t your father’s Republican Party, after all. It’s a MAGA party,” he added when Kimmel pressed him on gun control.
Biden spoke about his recent trip to Uvalde, Texas. When Kimmel inquired whether Biden might use executive orders to enforce stricter gun controls, which he claims Trump handed out “like Halloween candy,” the president replied that he does not intend to follow in Trump’s footsteps.
“I’ve issued executive orders within the authority of the presidency so we can deal with everything that has to do with guns, which includes gun ownership, and so forth. Everything that’s in my power,” Biden added.
Biden added that he didn’t want to follow in Trump’s footsteps by misusing the constitution and constitutional authority.
“I’m frequently asked, ‘Why do you play it square? Why don’t the Republicans play it square?’” Biden went on. “Our democracy would be in serious danger if we did the same thing they did. That’s no joke!”
“It’s like playing Monopoly with someone who won’t pass go, refuses to follow any of the rules, and refuses to pay rent. How can you achieve anything when they are not following any of the rules?” Kimmel continued.
“We had to put them in jail. That little box,” Biden quipped.
Kimmel pushed back against Biden, pointing out that the Democratic Party holds both the House and Senate but that little has been accomplished. The president disagreed.
“There are a lot of major things we’ve accomplished. What we haven’t done, however, is convey it in a way that’s easy to understand.”
Biden mumbles on about how the nightly news needs clicks, and that Kimmel doesn’t merely “understand” what he’s talking about; rather, he has a “better understanding” of it. Then, as the president was starting to speak on that issue, Kimmel softly stated that they needed to cut to commercial.