Tonight Jimmy Kimmel recorded a special clip on stage for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! crowd sat. In it, he struggled to deal with the school shooting yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and 2 adults.
“Here we are again – in another day of mourning in this country,” said Kimmel, whose youngest son is five, then paused to gather herself before moving on, “where we grieve again – for the babies – the little boys and girls whose lives have ended and whose families have been destroyed.
“While our leaders on the right – the ‘Americans’ in Congress and on Fox News and these other media outlets – are warning us not to politicize this. They immediately criticize our president for even talking about doing something to stop it. Because they don’t want to talk about it. Because they know what they’ve done. And they know what they haven’t done. And they know it’s indefensible. So they prefer to sweep this under the rug.”
Kimmel soon switched to one of his favorite sparring partners, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, but with a surprising amount of sympathy.
“And here’s the thing — I don’t believe Ted Cruz doesn’t care about kids. Not me. I refuse to believe that he has no influence on this. He is a father. I bet he went to bed sick last night. It’s easy to call someone a monster. But he’s not a monster – he’s human. And some people may not like to hear me say that, but it’s true.
“So here’s what I’d like to say to Ted Cruz, the Human, and Governor Abbot, and everyone else: It’s okay to admit you made a mistake. In fact, not only is it okay, it’s also necessary to admit that you made a mistake while your mistake is killing the children in your state.
“It takes a great person to do something like that. It takes a brave person to do such a thing. And do I think these men are brave people? No, not me. Not me.
“But man – I’d love it if they surprised me.”
Last night, after their shows had already been taped, both Stephen Colbert and James Corden went back in front of the cameras to try to make sense of the tragedy.
An emotional Corden called the violence ‘unfathomable’ 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 that could ever be the last goodbye,” he said. “The thought of that phone call – that your child is the victim of a mass shooting – is incomprehensible as a human being.”
He continued, “I am so deeply saddened for the families of these children, the trauma of the survivors and for the future these children will never see.”
Corden said he found it hard to fathom “the number of people who must think this is a good byproduct of never making meaningful changes to gun laws.”
He continued: ‘I don’t feel like it. It doesn’t reflect the country I think America is.”
An also emotional Colbert took the late show where Corden stopped by saying, “Let’s pray that our leaders show a little courage this time to prevent this from ever happening again. But prayers do not end this. You can vote, so when you vote, ask yourself this question: Who is running for office and has publicly stated that they are willing to do anything and everything to protect your children from the criminally insane amount of guns in America?”
The public applauded the sentiment.
Back to tonight, when the usually light-hearted Jimmy Fallon used his interview with former White House press secretary Jen Psaki to bring up the subject of the Tonight Show†
Fallon asked Psaki how she reacted to such horrors as a press secretary. She first came to school as a mother of two young children.
“The first reaction I had, of course, was the shock,” she told Fallon, “and sadness and that kind of feeling you get when your throat gets tight and you feel like when you talk you’re going to cry. That kind of sadness. And then you feel fear.”
Tears well up, Psaki continued: “I think like parents across the country, I thought about sending my daughter to kindergarten today and, is she safe? is she okay there? What kind of security do they have? Do they have to have security? Those are the thoughts that go through your mind when you’re in the White House, as you think about what the country is going through and what you can do to help. [it] cured.”