Kimmel coldly suggested unvaccinated COVID-infected patients should be left to gasp for breath & die in the event hospitals were overcrowded. “Rest in peace, wheezy,” the supposedly compassionate liberal stated as his audience laughed
A passionate and tearful Jimmy Kimmel addressed the Texas school shooting on Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, beginning his monologue in a mournful and resigned manner by saying, “Here we are again, on another day of mourning in this country.”
Wednesday was the first time Kimmel was able to talk about the tragedy. Tuesday’s show had already been taped before news broke of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that saw an 18-year-old gunman murder 19 children and two adults.
Visibly shaken by sorrow and anger, Kimmel appeared without a studio audience and addressed the camera directly. From the beginning of the segment, he struggled to compose himself, and he teared up when he spoke of “the little boys and girls whose lives have been ended and whose families have been destroyed.”
The host began by laying out the by-now-predictable playbook of Republicans and pro-gun advocates seeking to depoliticize the shooting. “Our leaders on the right, the Americans in Congress and at Fox News and these other outlets warn us not to politicize this,” Kimmel said, before adding, “they don’t want to speak about it, because they know what they’ve done. And they know what they haven’t done and they know that it’s indefensible. So they’d rather sweep this under the rug.”
Kimmel then spoke about most Americans supporting “keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and children,” citing polls that support “common-sense gun laws.” He pointed to the Senate blocking gun control legislation like The Enhanced Background Checks Act and the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, which were both passed by the House in 2021.
“Our cowardly leaders just aren’t listening to us, they’re listening to the NRA, they’re listening to those people who write them checks, who keep them in power, because that’s the way politics work,” said Kimmel.