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( – President Biden appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” for his first interview in 118 days on Wednesday night.

The president’s started the show off by discussing gun control efforts with comedian and host Jimmy Kimmel. Biden took aim at Republicans saying, “A lot of it is intimidation by the NRA. Look, this is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a MAGA party.”

The president talked about his recent trip to Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were gunned down at Robb Elementary school.

“I met with every single family member of all those kids killed, and those teachers killed down in Uvalde, Texas,” Biden said. “The stories they told and the pain you could see on their faces.”

Kimmel then questioned Biden about the possibility of issuing an executive order on gun control, saying former President Donald Trump “passed those out like Halloween candy.”

The president responded, “I have issued executive orders within the power of the presidency to be able to deal with everything having to do with guns, gun ownership… all of the things that are within my power.”

He went on to accuse Trump of abusing the Constitution, saying he doesn’t want to “emulate” his predecessor.

“But what I don’t want to do, and I’m not being facetious, I don’t want to emulate Trump’s abuse of the constitution and constitutional authority,” Biden said.

The president then accused Republicans of placing democracy in jeopardy.

“I often get asked, ‘the Republican’s don’t play it square, why do you play it square?'” Biden said. “If we do the same thing they do, our democracy would literally be in jeopardy. That’s not a joke!”

Kimmel then expressed to the president how he thinks Democrats are frustrated because they won the House, Senate and White House and have made very little progress when it comes to guns, reproductive rights, voting rights and climate change, saying “in some ways we’ve moved backwards.”

Biden responded by claiming “we’ve actually made some real moves” when it comes to climate change. He cited efforts to push solar and wind energy, as well as electric vehicles.

The president then painted a positive picture of the current economic conditions in the U.S., despite the fact Americans are facing record-high inflation and soaring gas prices.

“Here’s where we are,” he said. “We have the fastest growing economy in the world. We have 8.6 million new jobs since I got into office. Unemployment rate’s down to 3.6%. We reduced the deficit last year by $320 billion. This year we’re gonna reduce it by $1.7 trillion.”

He admitted that inflation is “the bane of our existence,” and suggested he wants to work to lower the cost of health care, prescription drugs and child care.

Biden told Kimmel he has never been so optimistic in his life, saying American children are the best educated, the least prejudiced and most giving generation in American history.

The interview wrapped up with Biden and Kimmel discussing the forthcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision that may overturn landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. Biden said he doesn’t think “the country will stand for it” if the high court overrules Roe, and hinted that there are some executive orders that he could employ to counteract the outcome. He did not offer any further details about the potential executive orders.

Biden said if the Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade and states begin to impose limitations on abortion, it will cause a “mini revolution.” He said many people could get voted out of office. 

More often than not, Biden struggled to string together a comprehensive sentence during the interview.

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