Jimmy Kimmel offers snide apology for deceptively edited video that smears Pence

Jimmy Kimmel has offered a snide apology after pushing a deceptively edited video to smear Vice President Pence.

This is the actual full video of the event.

Kimmel tweeted: it would appear that @vp was joking about carrying empty boxes for a staged publicity stunt. The full video reveals that he was carrying full boxes for a staged publicity stunt. My apologies. I know how dearly this administration values truth.

Per WashingtonExaminer, the vice president visited the Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday to deliver PPE from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the facility. After a group of people, Pence included, unloaded boxes from a van, the vice president was told that the remaining boxes were empty, implying that they didn’t need to be unloaded from the car. The vice president jokingly asked if he could “carry the empty ones just for the camera.”

But Jimmy Kimmel Live! edited the clip and removed important context.

“Mike Pence pretending to carry empty boxes of PPEs into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is and what he’s doing: a big box of nothing delivering another box of nothing,” Kimmel said Thursday during a monologue on his ABC show. “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,” Kimmel said, introducing a snippet that included the vice president’s joke.

After Kimmel’s monologue, which he shared on social media, gained negative attention for its deception, he deleted the tweet. Reporters at Vox and NBC News also pushed the video, as did a member of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.

Jon Thompson, a campaign spokesman for Pence, called the clip “absolute garbage.” He added: “Pence is clearly joking about empty boxes & if Kimmel showed the full clip from CSPAN, not the one he selectively edited, you see and hear it.”

The more extended version of the clip, which was recorded on C-SPAN, shows the vice president unloading boxes from a van. Afterward, he makes a “just for the camera” quip about empty boxes before closing the van doors.