Emmys: Donald Trump an Early Target During Jimmy Kimmel's Monologue
Jeb Bush also made a appearance as a limo driver for the opening of the show.
Donald Trump was an immediate target for ridicule during the opening of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Host Jimmy Kimmel took multiple shots at the GOP presidential candidate.
"I mean if it wasn’t for television would Donald Trump be running for president? No, he would be at home right now quietly rubbing up against his wife Malaria while she pretends to be asleep" Kimmel quipped, referring to Trump's wife, Melania. "Thanks to [Apprentice creator] Mark Burnett, we don't have to watch reality shows anymore because we're living in one."
Kimmel also said that should Trump be elected, Burnett would be the first person thrown over his border wall.
The billionaire businessman turned politician has been mocked during multiple high-profile awards shows, including last year's Emmys when host Andy Samberg took numerous jabs.
Jeb Bush also made an appearance as an Uber driver chauffeuring President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) in her motorcade during the opening of the show, poking fun at himself from running against Trump during the primary season.
Later in the show, Trump came up again when Aziz Ansari took the stage to present the award for writing for a variety special. "I decided I'm going with Trump," Ansari joked, "which is why I'm also recommending we get rid of all Muslim and Hispanic nominees from the ceremony immediately. Wow, this would be so much easier if we were at the Oscars."
The Master of None writer/actor, who had just thanked his parents for his writing for a comedy series win earlier in the night, warned them they "need to be escorted out."
"America Ferrera, nice try changing your name to America, you're not fooling anybody. You're out!"
Backstage, Transparent's Jill Soloway did not hold back in her comments about the presidential candidate. She was asked about the comedy's second season, which saw the family travel to Berlin, which is when she touched on "the notion of otherizing people as a way to gain political power," drawing a comparison between Trump and Adolf Hitler.
"So Jews were otherized in Nazi Germany to gain political power for Hitler, and right now Donald Trump is doing the same thing," said Soloway. "He's otherizing people. He calls women pigs if they don’t look like beauty pageant contestants. He blames Muslim and Mexicans for our problems. He makes fun of disabled people. This is otherizing with a capital O, and has been used in our history before to start and win wars, and he needs to be called out every chance he gets for being one of the most dangerous monsters to ever approach our lifetimes. He's a complete dangerous monster, and any moment that I have to call Trump out for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will."
Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, who was celebrating his second win for his work on the series, joined her backstage. "By the way, ditto, ditto and ditto on everything you said," he said before moving on to the next question.