Any chance late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel will use one of his teary-eyed opening monologues to thank President Trump and the Republicans?
Disney yesterday announced that they would be handing out $125 million in employee bonuses – $1,000 to 125,000 U.S.-based workers – and specifically cited the Republican tax reform bill for their generosity.
We’re guessing those workers will appreciate what Nancy Pelosi calls “crumbs” showing up in their paychecks.
The bonuses will be disbursed as two $500 payments, one in March and another in September.
Mickey Mouse loves tax cuts:
125,000 Disney employees to receive $1,000 cash bonus, company launches new $50 million education program https://t.co/kl02gyTWse
— Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) January 23, 2018
The man featured in the above tweet is Disney CEO Bob Iger.
The Wrap obtained an internal memo which says the employee bonuses are “a result of the recently enacted tax reform” passed by Republicans in December.
President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill Act into law on December 22nd, 2017.
— UtahGOP (@UtahGOP) December 28, 2017
The Wrap reports that Iger’s memo states: “All U.S.-based Disney employees, either hourly or salaried, who have been with The Walt Disney Company since Jan. 1 of this year will be eligible.”
Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show is currently distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, a division of The Walt Disney Company.
Kimmel’s boss? CEO Bob Iger.
Recode wrote in October that Kimmel’s foray into political advocacy on a late-night comedy show needs to be handled carefully.
Kimmel’s dip into advocacy won him lots of eyeballs, praise from critics — and a warning from his boss, Disney CEO Bob Iger: “The show is to entertain,” Iger told The New York Times last week. “I think he should be careful.”
1) Jimmy Kimmel attacks Republicans for passing tax reform and not addressing CHIP.
2) Overcoming a Democratic filibuster / shutdown, Republicans extended CHIP for 6 years
3) employees of Disney (which airs Kimmel’s show) are getting $1,000 bonus pic.twitter.com/KPOpIUmMLr
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) January 23, 2018
More recently, he used false information to attack the Republican tax cut plan as a means to cut health care for children.
Almost every word of this is wrong. Forgetting about the tax cut argument, CHIP funding has nothing to do with the Republican tax plan. In fact, Trump just signed stop-gap funding and the person leading the CHIP funding effort is Orrin Hatch (R). pic.twitter.com/6EACjiNcJc
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) December 12, 2017
Not only did Kimmel wrongly chastise the Republican tax cut plan, but just about every one of his own employees will be cashing two $500 checks thanks to the President and the GOP!
Say it with us, Jimmy – Thanks Trump!
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