Vice President Mike Pence visited a nursing home facility in Virginia on Thursday, meeting with staff and unloading boxes of personal protective equipment, or PPE, from FEMA.
What happened: On his Thursday night show, liberal late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel used a clip of Pence at the nursing home to suggest there was nothing inside the boxes.
“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,” said Kimmel. “Listen in closely here.”
Kimmel then cut to a video showing the vice president inquiring about the last boxes in the van before being told they were empty.
“Well, can I carry the empty ones? Just for the camera?” Pence can be heard saying.
Kimmel then said, “Mike Pence pretending to carry a big box 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.”
Problem is: The clip was selectively edited by Kimmel’s team. The full clip from CSPAN clearly showed Pence, along with Verma and Polowczyk, loading and unloading boxes of some weight. Then, as Pence returns to the van one final time, he makes the comment about the empty boxes and immediately smiles as those around him laugh. When the man helping to unload the van says, “Absolutely,” that same man then says jokingly, “They’re a lot easier,” to more laughter. Pence then immediately closes the van door. He does not proceed to carry any of the boxes he was informed were empty.
The video has been removed but not before it was shared tens of thousands of times and viewed more than 1 million times.