Chris Evans at the European film premiere of ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
The late-night host’s monologue about his son’s open-heart surgery has become politicized.
Chris Evans on Wednesday called out former congressman, now conservative radio host Joe Walsh after he mocked Jimmy Kimmel following the late night talk show host revealing his newborn son’s heart operation.
On Monday, Kimmel gave an emotional opening monologue when he told his audience his son, Billy, underwent emergency open-heart surgery just a few days after birth. In that same breath, Kimmel made a case for former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which the Trump administration is trying to repeal and replace.
“Before 2014, if you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there was a good chance you’d never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel pointed out.
Walsh tweeted a glib “Sorry Jimmy Kimmel: your sad story doesn’t obligate me or anybody else to pay for somebody else’s health care.”
That comment received immediate backlash from Twitter users, who told Walsh he crossed a line, including the Captain America star who does not shy away from making his opinions known and also isn’t afraid of wading into social media debates, including with former KKK leader David Duke.
“Its fair to have opposing views on healthcare, but our humanity should guide us when, where and how to engage. This is beyond misplaced, Joe,” Evans tweeted to his more than 5.4 million followers.
Its fair to have opposing views on healthcare, but our humanity should guide us when, where and how to engage. This is beyond misplaced, Joe https://t.co/CXbtUqq6TW
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 3, 2017