Jimmy Kimmel wanted to know what kids thought about President Donald Trump’s first year in office. So he asked.
“Trump’s approval ratings, according to the polls that were released today, is at 37%, which isn’t great,” the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” explained in a segment that aired Jan. 18, 2018. “But that was a poll of adults. I wanted to see what kids thought of his first year in office.”
The show sent a correspondent out on the streets to get kids’ thoughts on the matter. And hilarity ensued:
Some of the kids’ answers were just flat-out hilarious.
“What’s the first thing you think of when I say Donald Trump?” the correspondent asked a boy. “Small fingers,” he answered.
“Donald Trump has a lot of nicknames for people like ‘Crooked Hillary’ or ‘Rocket Man.’ Do you have a nickname for him?” another girl was asked. She quipped:
But other responses hinted at deeper truths — even if they were still worth a chuckle.
“He wants to put a wall over Mexico,” one kid noted when asked if Trump has done a good job in his first year. “And I, like, love going to Mexico.”
“I think he needs to stop threatening North Korea,” another kid said. “I don’t want to get nuked.”
The segment was clearly intended to be a lighthearted jab at Trump. But it’s worth noting how profoundly Trump has affected our kids.
“It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us,” CNN’s Van Jones said the night of the 2016 election. “You tell your kids don’t be a bully. You tell your kids don’t be a bigot. You tell your kids do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome.”
Some parents have found ways to navigate these difficult conversations and help their young ones if they’re feeling confused or anxious; like encouraging them to draw out their feelings, for example, or explain to them how our electoral college system works, so kids can feel empowered with information.
Still, it’s tough.
“You have people putting children to bed tonight, and they’re afraid of breakfast,” Jones said on election night. “They’re afraid of, ‘How do I explain this to my children?'”
A report by BuzzFeed News published last summer found students across the country were using Trump’s taunts to bully their classmates, often resorting to racially charged rhetoric targeting non-white kids.
Plus, a survey released in October 2017 by UCLA noted that school teachers reported they’d noticed more students experiencing anxiety over the current political climate in this new “age of Trump,” according to NPR.
Our kids are listening.
“Do you think he’s smart?” the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” correspondent asked one girl. “No,” she responded. “He treats people badly, and that’s why I don’t think he’s smart.”