US Vice President Mike Pence’s comedy stylings were not recognized by social media users after late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel posted a selectively edited clip that made it appear as if the 60-year-old were hamming up a delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE).
A 40-second video clip from Kimmel’s Thursday monologue caused quite the stir on social media for several hours on Friday for its manipulated framing of Pence, who is observed in the video delivering boxes of PPE to the Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Alexandria, Virginia, on May 7.
The clip was originally uploaded to Twitter by Kimmel himself, but the late-night host has since deleted the tweet, seen in a screenshot posted by Buzzfeed News’ David Mack. However, pollster Matt McDermott’s upload of the clip remains online and has received over 5.7 million views on Twitter and a “manipulated media” label by the site.
“And since it was going so well, and also because he didn’t realize he had a mic on, Magic Mike decided to keep it going. Listen in closely here,” Kimmel quipped while narrating the vice president’s delivery alongside Seema Verma, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk.
“Those are empty, sir. We’re good to go,” a man is overheard saying in reference to the remaining boxes around the vehicle.
McDermott’s tweet has…