Biden blames NRA for lack of gun control as Jimmy Kimmel asks: ‘Why are you so optimistic!’

Biden blames NRA for lack of gun control but claims he won’t sign executive order and ‘abuse the Constitution’ like Trump during fawning Jimmy Kimmel interview – his first for 118 days

Biden insisted he won’t copy Trump’s ‘abuse of Constitution and constitutional authority’ to fight gun violencePresident was urged to ‘start yelling at people’ by Jimmy Kimmel on rare talk show appearance during LA tripThe 20-minute interview, largely softball from the ABC host, was Biden’s first network showing in 118 daysAsked ‘Why haven’t we done anything about gun violence?’, Biden said: ‘A lot of it is intimidation by the NRA.’ Kimmel accused Republicans of playing Monopoly and breaking the rules: ‘How do you ever make progress?’ ‘You’ve got to send them to jail,’ Biden joked as he offered quip about Trump’s alleged China doc flushingKimmel: ‘What a terrible job you have. I’m glad you’re doing it, but boy oh boy, does this seem like a bad gig’






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President Joe Biden insisted that he won’t use executive orders to regulate guns to avoid his predecessor’s ‘abuse of the Constitution’.

In a lengthy appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! – his first network interview for 118 days – Biden blamed NRA intimidation for his administration’s failure to introduce gun control measures.

The president said elected Republicans were being threatened with primary challenges if they back a ‘rational gun policy’.

‘I think you need to start yelling at people,’ Jimmy Kimmel told President Biden during their sit-down last night in Los Angeles

What Biden said on the big issues 

Gun control: ‘I don’t want to emulate Trump’s abuse of the Constitution and constitutional authority.

‘You find people worried, I believe, that if they vote for rational gun policy they’re going to be primaried.

‘I think a lot of it is intimidation by the NRA.’

Climate change: ‘This generation is going to change everything.

‘We’ve been making some real moves.

‘One in seven of all the changes that have taken place in terms of solar, wind, pumps and like have occurred in the past 18 months.

‘We’re on a path.’ 

Roe v Wade: ‘If [Supreme Court overturn] occurs, I think we will have to legislate it.

‘We’re looking into it right now.

‘It’s just ridiculous, in my view. I don’t think the country will stand for it.’

Economy: ‘Inflation is the bane of our existence.

‘Inflation is mostly in food and in gasoline, at the pump.

‘When I ran I said I want to build a new economy. No more trickle-down. Build from the bottom up.

‘When the middle does well, everyone does well.’ 

ExxonMobil buying its own stock rather than drilling

‘It’s just ass – excuse me – it’s backwards.

‘The idea there are 54 major corporations in America [that] made $40billion last year and don’t pay a penny in taxes…

‘I’m not being facetious. They don’t pay a penny.

 ‘We are only a few votes away from being able to straighten it out.’


Kimmel said: ‘We’re halfway through the year, there have been 27 shootings at schools. Why haven’t we done anything about this.’

Biden replied: ‘I think a lot of it is intimidation by the NRA.

‘This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a MAGA party. It’s a very different Republican Party.’

Biden referenced potential challenges by NRA-backed candidates if elected GOP officials back gun control. 

He said: ‘You find people worried, I believe, that if they vote for rational gun policy they’re gonna be primaried.’

During the 20-minute late night interview, Biden commented on a raft of other national issues including climate change, Roe v Wade and inflation.

Kimmel pleaded with Biden to ‘start yelling at people’ and adopt a harder stance against his opponents.

The ABC talk show host challenged Biden to use executive authority, stating Trump had ‘passed them out like Halloween candy’.

Biden refused to emulate the behavior of his predecessor, he said.

President Obama famously used a flurry of executive orders in an effort to rein in gun violence, with little success.

First Lady Jill Biden sat on the front row in Kimmel’s Los Angeles studio hours after giving a commencement address at LA Community College. 

Biden, who appeared in good spirits, quipped: ‘By the way, I’m Jill Biden’s husband.’ 

The pair exchanged compliments, with Kimmel asking if he could ask Biden ‘some serious questions’.

Biden replied: ‘I never mind having a conversation with someone really smart’, drawing applause from the crowd.

The beleaguered president, who is struggling amid record-low approval ratings, repeated a recent favorite line: ‘This is not your father’s Republican Party.’

Though Biden has taken some unilateral steps on firearms, the president said he wasn’t interested in stepping beyond the limits of his authority.

‘I don’t want to emulate Trump’s abuse of the Constitution and constitutional authority,’ he said.

Biden said he knows some people feel like ‘Republicans don’t play it square, [so] why do you play it square?’

‘Well, guess what,’ he said. ‘If we do the same thing they do, our democracy will literally be in jeopardy. Not a joke.’

Kimmel responded, ‘It’s like you’re playing Monopoly with somebody who won’t pass go or won’t follow any of the rules, and how do you ever make any progress if they’re not following the rules?’

‘You’ve got to send them to jail,’ Biden joked.

At another point in the interview, Kimmel suggested he was disappointed in the progress that was being made on issues like climate change and abortion.

‘We’ve moved backward,’ he said.

Biden’s (left) first stop in Los Angeles, where he’s attending the Summit of the Americas, was Kimmel’s (right) Hollywood studio. First Lady Jill Biden was in the audience, along with Biden´s granddaughter Naomi and her fiance

First Lady Jill Biden (right), granddaughter Naomi Biden (center) and fiance Peter Neal (left) watch Biden’s appearance

President Joe Biden (left) and First Lady Jill Biden (right) pose for a photo with Jimmy Kimmel (center) in Los Angeles Wednesday 

Later on, Kimmel sympathized with Biden’s challenges, particularly the upcoming Supreme Court decision that is expected to overturn Roe v Wade, which legalized abortion access nationwide.

‘What a terrible job you have,’ Kimmel said. ‘I’m glad you’re doing it. But, boy oh boy, does this seem like a bad gig.’

Biden said he was looking at executive orders that could help with abortion access – ‘we’re looking into it right now’ – but said the best solutions were through legislation and elections.

If the court overturns Roe v. Wade, Biden said, ‘it’s going to cause a mini revolution and they’re going to vote a lot of these folks out of office.’

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President Joe Biden (left) sits tight during a commercial break during his appearance Wednesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

Biden (left) said to Kimmel (right) that he wasn’t keen to use executive action to provide gun control because he didn’t want to ’emulate Trump’s abuse of the Constitution’

Biden jokes about claims Trump flushed records 

Kimmel: ‘When you have sensitive documents you need to flush down the toilet, is that done in your office toilet, or is that done in the personal bathroom area?’

Biden: ‘I call Trump’

‘You know, everyone talks about sensitive documents and the like, I don’t destroy anything. But […] I spent more time with Xi Jinping than any other head of state… And the difference between when I did that and when others did that is I always handed in my notes.’

Kimmel: ‘You gotta hand in your notes, we learn that at school. Theoretically.’

Biden: ‘That’s right.’ 


As Kimmel suggested Biden become a yeller, the president said he has ‘never been more optimistic in my life.’ 

Kimmel swiftly interjected: ‘Why are you so optimistic? It makes no sense!’ 

Biden said he was pinning his hopes on young people, the ‘best educated, least prejudiced, most giving generation in American history.’

‘This generation is going to change everything,’ Biden said. ‘We just have to make sure we don´t give up.’ 

Biden has been frustrated by his poor poll ratings amid concerns about high gas and energy prices, baby formula shortages, and lack of progress on several legislative fronts like voting rights and abortion rights, as well as gun safety. 

His advisers are hoping to retool their messaging in the upcoming weeks, hoping to focus on the positive elements of the economy, such as job and wage growth.

‘Inflation is the bane of our existence,’ Biden said.

He criticized U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil for making fat profits but not drilling new wells or refining more gasoline and instead buying back its own stock.

‘I mean, it’s just ass – excuse me – it’s backwards,’ Biden said. 

Biden’s first stop in Los Angeles, where he’s attending the Summit of the Americas, was Kimmel’s Hollywood studio. First Lady Jill Biden was in the audience, along with Biden´s granddaughter Naomi and her fiancé.

Biden’s only previous late-night appearance as president was in December, when he spoke remotely with Jimmy Fallon The Tonight Show.


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