Jimmy Kimmel Live mocked the ongoing political tension between President Trump and Democratic leaders with a hilarious, fake promo for a “shutdown showdown steel slat brawl” between the president, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Kimmel opened the monologue piece from Wednesday’s episode with a brief explainer. Over a month into the record-breaking government shutdown, Trump and Democrats are engaged in a tense standoff: Pelosi denied Trump use of the House chambers for his State of the Union address, and the president initially resisted. “Trump sent her a letter saying, ‘I am giving it there,'” the host cracked, “like an ex-husband who wasn’t invited to Christmas but showed up anyway.'”
The commander-in-chief eventually conceded, instead considering alternate venues for an event — one that Kimmel envisioned as the wresting spectacle, “pay-per-view event of the century, SpeechleMania,” featuring Donald “Golden Boy” Trump against “Cryin’ Chuck and the Pelosi Posse.”
Utilizing vintage clips of Trump’s WWE cameos, the WrestleMania parody laid out the event’s details: “Live from the Hot Pockets Arena at the Paula Deen County Fairgrounds in Tupelo, Mississippi,” with performances from Ted Nugent, Three Doors Down, “the Westboro Baptist Church Tabernacle Choir and the Nasty Women Dance Crew.”
“This is the constitutionally recommended address you’ve been waiting for,” an announcer intones, mocking the shutdown that has affected roughly 800,000 federal employees. “No Congress, no TelePrompters, no paychecks for anyone.”