Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel taped a special segment alone before the stage Jimmy Kimmel Live! The audience was seated. In it, he fought for yesterday’s school shooting in Uvalade, Texas, which took the lives of 19 children and 2 adults.
“Here we are again – another day of mourning in this country,” said Kimmel, whose youngest son is five years old, and then paused to assemble himself before continuing. And whose families have been destroyed.
“Even though our leaders on the right – in the American ‘Congress’ and in Fox News and these other outlets – are warning us not to politicize this issue. They criticize our President for talking about doing something to stop it immediately. Because they don’t want to talk about it. Because they know what they have done. And they know what they didn’t do. And they know it’s unforgivable. So they would rather sweep it under the rug. ”
Kimmel soon moved on to one of his favorite sparring partners, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, but with an astonishing amount of sympathy.
“And here’s the thing – I don’t believe Ted Cruz doesn’t care about the kids. I don’t. I refuse to believe he’s not affected by it. He’s a father. I bet last night he went to bed sick with his stomach. It’s easy to call him a monster, but he’s not a monster – he’s a human being, and some people may not like me, but it’s true.
“So here I want to say to Ted Cruz, to the people, to Governor Abbott, and to everyone: it’s okay to admit you’re wrong. In fact, it is not right, when your mistake is killing children in your state, you have to admit that you made a mistake.
“It takes a big man to do something like that. It takes courage to do that. And do I think these people are brave people? No, I don’t. I do not.
“But people – I’d love it if they surprised me.”
Last night, after their show had already been taped, Stephen Colbert and James Corden both returned to the camera to try to understand the tragedy.
An emotional cordon called the violence “unimaginable.” The Late Late Show.
“When I drop my kids off at school in the morning and kiss them goodbye, it doesn’t occur to you that this could be the last goodbye,” he said. “The thought of that phone call – that your child is the victim of a mass shooting – is beyond comprehension as a human being.”
He continued, “I am deeply sorry for the families of these children, the trauma of the survivors and the future that these children will never see again.”
Corden said it was “difficult to understand the number of people who would consider it a by-product without making meaningful changes to gun law.”
He went on to say, “It doesn’t make sense to me. It doesn’t reflect the country I think America is. ”
Also pick up on an emotional Colbert Night show Where Corden went on to say, “Let’s pray this time that our leaders show some courage in trying to prevent this from ever happening again. But prayer will not end this. You may be voting, so when you vote, ask yourself this question: Who is competing for office and has publicly stated that they are willing to do everything in their power to protect your children from the insane number of guns in America?
The audience cheers emotionally.
Back tonight, when the generally light-hearted Jimmy Fallon used his interview with Jane Sackie, the former White House press secretary Show tonight.
Fallon asked Saki how he had reacted to such horrors while he was press secretary. She first came as a mother to school with two young children.
He told Fallon, “Of course the first reaction I got was shocking,” he told Fallon, “and the sadness and the kind of feeling when your throat gets hard and you feel like if you’re talking, you’re going to cry ৷ that kind of sadness.” And then you get scared. “
Saki bursts into tears, “I think like parents all over the country, I was thinking of sending my daughter to kindergarten today and is she safe?” Is he right there? What kind of security do they have? Should they have security? When you are in the White House, this kind of thinking goes through your head because you wonder what the country is feeling and what you can do to help. [it] Heal. “