Kimmel Tried to Dissuade Manning from Golfing with Prez, Asks if POTUS Cheated
Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel is extremely biased against Donald Trump and he attempted to get guest Peyton Manning to denigrate the Republican president. Unsuccessfully. He said he had heard the future Hall of Fame quarterback had played golf with the president and he wanted badly to extract red meat from Manning.
Manning said the White House heard he was in D.C. to receive an award and called him to request he play a round of golf with President Trump. Manning rebuffed every attempt by Kimmel to say something unflattering about Trump and said, "I had a lot of people tell me not to do it, including you (Kimmel). I heard Arnold Palmer say one time, ‘If the president of the United States ever asks you to play golf, you do it. It’s a no-brainer.’ And it was a fantastic experience. I rode in the motorcade over there. And I’ve never felt safer playing golf. We had 30 golf carts behind us. … I think it would have been almost un-American to have said ‘no.’”
Manning has also played golf with former President George W. Bush and said he would play the game with any POTUS: “If President Obama or President Clinton asked me, I’d have been there in a heartbeat. It was just the experience of playing with the office that was pretty cool to me.”
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Kimmel was persistent, though, still hoping upon hope he could extract some dirt on President Trump.
“Did he cheat? Did he cheat when you played?” Kimmel asked. He was disappointed in what Manning said next.
“No, I counted his strokes. He was a great host. He loves sports. And we passed through a number of groups. He was very gracious. He took a picture with that we passed through.”
Kimmel asked if Manning would have called out the president if he witnessed cheating. Manning answered in the affirmative to that hypothetical, and that’s about as close as Kimmel got to what he wanted out of the interview.
Also, Kimmel wanted to know if Manning felt he had to let Trump win. Sorry, Jimmy, the Donald and Peyton were on the same team … and they won.
Flailing and flailing to get anything out of Manning, Kimmel finally resorted to throwing in a dig of his own at the president, telling his guest, "You might have elevated the president’s mood. You might have saved North Korea."
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