There was a time when Jimmy Kimmel was an apolitcal television host. Sure, if something was hot in the zeitgeist, he might go for the easy joke in his monologue. But he mostly stayed above the so-called fray. That has increasingly changed under the Trump administration.
Kimmel has shared his own heartfelt experience with his child’s healthcare and has spoken a number of times about gun violence.
Following the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School shooting which left 10 people dead and another ten wounded, Kimmel strongly condemned Trump, Congress, and Governors during a monologue on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“We had another school shooting today in Santa Fe, Texas. At least ten people were killed, ten are wounded, mostly high school kids. Once again our leaders are sending their thoughts and prayers. President Trump said he is ‘with the people of Santa Fe in this tragic hour and will be with them forever,’ except for when it comes time to do something ― then he will not be with them, and neither will any of the congresspeople or governors who don’t ever do anything because they are fearful that it will hurt them politically. They know the truth, they know this has gone too far. But they are too cowardly to do the right thing.”
He also added that Trump and lawmakers care more about the support of the National Rifle Association “than they do about children.” “So they sit there with their hands in their pockets, pockets that are full of gun money, and they do nothing. They just wait for the outrage to pass,” he said.
Additionally, Kimmel said, “The least you can do is register to vote. Right Now,” and reminded his viewers that these mass shootings don’t happen in countries that have “real, sensible, gun laws.
For more information about how to make actual change, go to EVERYTOWN For Gun Safety.