Jimmy Kimmel Dings Donald Trump Jr. for Boosting a Repellent New Conspiracy Theory
During his opening monologue Wednesday, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel highlighted the thousands of high school students across the United States who walked out of classrooms, "the day after the Florida State House refused to even debate a bill to ban assault weapons and large capacity ammunition.”
Students indicated that while they flooded the halls attempting to speak to legislators, the public servants avoided them. Alfonso Calderon told CNN’s Don Lemon after the town hall Wednesday that he finally cornered the president of the state senate only to be given the run-around.
“The NRA can only do so much,” Calderon said. “We are the people of America. We the people are the ones who change this country. We the people are the ones this country is made and run for. We the people elect who they pay to stay in office. They need to remember that. Because they can fight now. They can fight for years. But change will come.”
Kimmel argued that these phenomenal students, who are standing up just days after they were stalked in the halls of their school, should be applauded.
He mentioned the far-right Republican activists who are questioning the legitimacy of the students. Not just Rush Limbaugh or Alex Jones, but former Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) made news this week when he called the students “liberal stooges.”
“Yes, there are always crackpots in situations like this who come out of the woodwork with these irrational — this paranoia-fueled nonsense,” Kimmel acknowledged. “The far right wing thrives on conspiracy theories. Global warming is a conspiracy. The Russia investigation is a conspiracy. Obama’s birth certificate was a conspiracy. And those are just the big ones. There are hundreds of others.”
In this case, however, there are known people, Kimmel said. “People like Donald Trump, Jr., the president’s least favorite son, perpetuating this kind of stuff.”
Meanwhile, Ted Nugent, who promised he would change his tone after GOP officials were shot at, shared a story on Facebook attacking one of the survivors of the shooting. Kimmel noted that Nugent is on the board of the NRA, which he doesn't think speaks very highly of the organization.
“The kid who just watched his friends die is a puppet, according to Ted, and it’s a puppet show,” Kimmel said. “Is that OK? Should the person who actively spreads this garbage around be a member of your board if you are a reputable organization?”
Kimmel looked into the camera and asked Trump supporters and NRA members if they truly believe these students are actors, “who are part of some deep state, left-wing conspiracy.” If you believe that, Kimmel wants you to know “you’re crazy” and “your brain is not functioning.”
For those who aren’t crazy, Kimmel told them they have a duty to speak out against the crazies who are making things up about the kids.
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