- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Who knew.

Jimmy Kimmel, of comedy talk show fame, apparently is a card-carrying Christian who’s been so offended by Roy Moore, that he first, sent a character from his show to disrupt one of the Senate candidate’s rallies and then, when confronted, jumped on Twitter and late-night TV and agreed to a man-to-man.

That’s right. Kimmel actually agreed to a fight with Moore.

This race just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser.

Here’s the backstory: Wednesday, Moore’s rally in Alabama was disrupted by someone who shouted out, “He’s a man’s man,” an apparent answer to an audience question about why Moore’s defenders think all his accusers are lying. The guy who yelled was actually a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” comedian named Tony Barbieri, sent to the rally to portray a sort of Super Moore Supporter. Barbieri was escorted from the rally by police.



But Moore didn’t take kindly to the interruption. And he went to Twitter to challenge Kimmel.

Moore wrote: “@jimmykimmel If you want to mock our Christian values, come down here to Alabama and do it man to man. #ALSen.”

Well, Kimmel saw the tweet.

He responded with his own: “Sounds great Roy — let me know when you get some Christian values and I’ll be there!”

Moore also wrote: “Despite D.C. and Hollywood Elites’ bigotry towards southerners, Jimmy, we’ll save you a seat on the front pew.”

And Kimmel shot back on his late night show with a lengthy explanation of his own Christian values.

“It doesn’t fit your stereotypes, but I happen to be a Christian too,” Kimmel said, The New York Times reported. “I made my first holy communion, I was confirmed, I pray, I support my church, one of my closest friends is a priest, I baptized my children. Christian is actually my middle name. I know that’s shocking, but it’s true. So if you’re open to, when we sit down, I will share with you what I learned at my church. At my church, forcing yourself on underaged girls is a no-no. Some even consider it to be a sin.”

That was the warm up.

“Maybe,” Kimmel went on, “when you say, ‘Come down to Alabama and we’ll do it man to man,’ maybe that means you’re challenging me to a fight, which is kind of what it sounds like. And if you are, I accept by the way. I accept that invitation. There is no one I would love to fight more than you. I will put my Christian values aside, just for you and for that fight.”

One thing about the Roy Moore campaign — it’s never a dull moment.

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