Molly McNearney, comedian Jimmy Kimmel's wife, revealed on Wednesday people told her and her husband they "deserved" to have a sick child for politicizing their newborn baby's health while Congress was debating how to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"People were sending letters to our home, attacking both of us on Twitter, saying things like we deserve this and we're terrible people," McNearney told the Hollywood Reporter.
"That's been the ugliest part of all of this, and it's been harder for me to deal with than the weekly cardiologist appointments and making sure my baby is breathing properly," she continued.
McNearney and Kimmel's eight-month-old son Billy was born in April with a rare congenital heart defect, a condition that has required multiple surgeries and ongoing medical care.
The experience prompted Kimmel in May to deliver a tearful, self-written monologue detailing his family's struggle and caused him to engage in a public back-and-forth with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., over their proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.
McNearney — who is also co-head writer and a producer for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" -- was skeptical that Kimmel's original monologue would provoke a reaction and was surprised by the response it received.
"We took a personal experience and we shared it with the world, and then it just so happened that this was going on while people were trying to take healthcare away from children like ours," she said. "It's scary to make yourself vulnerable the way we have, but the encouragement that we're helping other people far outweighs my fears about our lack of privacy."
McNearney admitted she had not considered herself to be political before Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election.
In the aftermath of Clinton's defeat, she said "it was good for me to start listening to other people," such as her father who voted for President Trump.
"There have definitely been times where I couldn't help but think, 'Life would be so much easier if we could just go back to making fun of the Kardashians,'" she added.