A whole lot of people, on both the left and the right, were hoping that Donald Trump's campaign for president would turn out to be a big joke. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel took that wish a step further Thursday, airing a parody April Fools' Day announcement from the Republican front-runner on ABC's late-night "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Kimmel told the audience he had a "bombshell revelation" to share that would shake up the current election cycle. The mock video, a cleverly edited parody PSA made to look like it was from Trump himself, claims that the businessman's campaign has been a lark the whole time.
"Our country is totally divided. There is so much hatred. So, that's what I made my campaign about! I said the craziest things I could think of," said a fake Trump voice-over. "But I will tell you this, and I can say it with certainty: I had no idea it would go this far. No matter how insane I got, millions of people showed up to support me."
The video features a montage of some of Trump's most outlandish moments in the campaign so far, including his defense of his penis size in a debate with other GOP candidates in March. Then the video pivots to show Trump holding a large April Fools' Day sign at a rally.
"Enough is enough. It has to be stopped. It has to be stopped now," said the fake Trump. "I'm not really running. It was a joke. You are so stupid; it's unbelievable."
The video ends with the voiceover urging Americans to vote for Trump's "friend," Hillary Clinton, instead.
Meanwhile, Trump and his very real campaign are getting closer to locking up the Republican nomination. He leads in the delegate count with 739 (1,237 are needed to win). Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a distant second with 465 delegates, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 143. Next week, 42 delegates are at stake in Tuesday's Wisconsin Republican primary.