Like many of his fellow celebrities and the entire Democratic Party, Jimmy Kimmel has gone all in on #resisting President Trump — and, like his ideological peers, has done so in a way that is doing damage to his craft and credibility. In arguably his lowest point yet, Kimmel invited on expert self-promoter and porn-producer Stormy Daniels to supposedly talk about her alleged affair with Trump from years ago — and got duped multiple times.

So how exactly did Kimmel get played by Daniels? First, he had her on to begin with, and as his petty version of a State of the Union response. In the lead up to the big interview, Kimmel praised the pornographic actress and producer as "very gifted," thus helping to mainstream pornography and legitimizing the self-promoting Daniels:

As Amy Otto over at The Federalist aptly put it, by inviting Daniels on to supposedly spill the dirt on Trump, Kimmel officially "degraded" America's rich late-night tradition into "Jerry Springer" after dark.

Unfortunately for Kimmel, however, just hours before Daniels took to his stage, she issued a statement that blew up the entire premise for her appearance:

But her public disavowal of an affair just hours before the big interview did not get her disinvited. Instead, Kimmel had a series of raunchy stunts for her to participate in on his stage, including a skit with puppets and a petty Trump penis reference.

"I'm not asking you to say anything about anything but I've got three carrots here," Kimmel told Daniels, after laying out three different size carrots. "Without any commentary, would you like to pick a carrot?"

During the interview, Daniels toyed with Kimmel again. This time on the statement she issued a few hours before coming on his show. When Kimmel remarked that her signature on the most recent statement didn't look like her signature on a previous signed document, she said, suggestively, "That does not look like my signature, does it?"

But, as Allahpundit points out, according to Daniels' lawyer, that proved to be just another attempt to manipulate Kimmel and audience:

Did Daniels really have an affair with Trump and sign an NDA for $130,000 to keep quiet? Maybe, maybe not. (If you're interested, here's The Washington Post's handy guide to everything she's said about the alleged affair.) But what is clear is that the Kimmels of the world will continue to give her the stage so long as they think it can help them further the #resistance — and, in his case, convince people to tune in, even if to just witness the trainwreck.

Speaking of trainwrecks, here's the full interview, which has since gotten Kimmel slammed for "sexism":