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The Daily BeastNov 29, 2021
Jimmy Kimmel Drags ‘Weakest Variant' Don Jr. for Urging Anti-Vax Protests
ABCOn the Monday-night edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the late-night host took aim at Republicans' bizarre conspiracy-mongering over the Omicron variant. The new coronavirus variant has, according to the World Health Organization, "several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves, for example, on how easily it spreads or the severity of illness it causes," though epidemiological studies are "still underway" to determine how dangerous a threat it poses. Out of caution, the U.S. has implemented travel restrictions on eight countries where Omicron has spread most rapidly: Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

"But of course, the right-wingnuts have a theory on this," cracked Kimmel. "Their theory is that this variant is some kind of ploy concocted by the Democrats to help them win elections. In fact, former White House doctor and current congressman from Texas, Ronny Jackson, tweeted on Saturday: ‘Here comes the MEV—the Midterm Election Variant! They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election—but we're not going to let them!'"

(In March, a watchdog organization published a years-long report that found that Jackson, who'd previously served as Trump's presidential physician, had "made ‘sexual and denigrating' comments about a female subordinate, violated the policy for drinking alcohol while on a p

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