On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel had some fun at the expense of the crop of potential Democratic candidates who are currently weighing a presidential run in 2020.
A new Harvard/Harris poll released Monday showed former Vice President Joe Biden leading the pack with 28 percent of support among Democrat and independent voters. Former 2016 presidential candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders came in second with 21 percent, while Rep. Beto O’Rourke, fresh from his defeat against Sen. Ted Cruz in last month’s midterms, placed third with 7 percent of the vote.
Kimmel shared the results of the poll with his audience, noting that “everyone is trying to figure out” who the Democrats will nominate to face off against President Trump.
“The top choices right now are Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke; two old men and a baby,” Kimmel quipped. “Biden, Bernie and Beto are the front-runners in that order. Biden, Bernie and Beto sounds like the law firm that would represent Kermit the Frog in his divorce from Miss Piggy.”
The ABC late-night star joked that Biden and Sanders have “huge support” from one of the left’s key demographics: “Old men who fall asleep at movie theaters.”
Kimmel even mocked the former vice president, who this week boasted that he was the “most qualified person in the country to be president.”
“Joe Biden said yesterday he considers himself the most qualified person in the country to be president, which is cute that he thinks that matters to us,” Kimmel told his audience.
Kimmel then brought on “political correspondent” Mort Haskell (played by comedic actor Fred Willard) to weigh in on the deep bench of possible Democratic candidates.
"Heck of a field,” Haskell began. “Bernie, Biden, it energizes the party when young people have fresh ideas.”
“And by young people, you mean Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden?” Kimmel asked.
“Absolutely,” Haskell responded. “Those kids are just what the Democrats need to get the base fired up.”
Haskell shared his “dark horse” 2020 picks, which he said were published in last month’s edition of “Landline Enthusiasts.” His suggestions included former Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Wilford Brimley, who Kimmel notes is best known from “diabetes commercials.”
“If Wilford Brimley can balance our blood sugar, he could also balance the budget,” Haskell added.
While it remains uncertain how many candidates will truly run for the Democratic nomination, the race is already narrowing even before it began. Outspoken anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti announced this week that he was not going to seek the Democratic nomination, citing his decision was “out of respect for my family” and that he will continue to represent his client Stormy Daniels.
It has also been reported that former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will make an official announcement as early as this week that he will not run for president in 2020 either.