Kimmel Blasts Trump In Tearful Monologue on Guns: ‘You’re Obviously Mentally Ill’
On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel addressed the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida in an emotional monologue.
Kimmel began by reacting to President Trump‘s remarks made at the White House and agreed with him when he said “no child should ever be in danger in an American school.”
“Tell your buddies in Congress — tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio, tell all the ‘family men’ who care so much about their communities that what we need are laws — real laws, that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids,” Kimmel said. “Tell these congressmen and lobbyists who infest that swamp you said you were going to drain, force these allegedly Christian men and women who stuff their pockets with money from the NRA year after year after year, to do something now. Not later. Now.”
He told the president “don’t you dare” say it’s “too soon” to talk about it because he has said it after other tragedies.
“Children are being murdered,” Kimmel choked up, which was followed by an audience member that shouted “Do something now!” and a round of applause.
Kimmel then slammed Trump for not only doing “nothing” but doing “worse than nothing” when he rolled back the Obama-era policy of supposed background checks for those mentally ill, a decision that was actually supported by the ACLU because it potentially infringed on the rights of 75,000 to 80,000 Americans who received disability payments from Social Security for various mental conditions. He also blasted Republicans for voting “to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health.”
“I agree, this is a mental illness issue because if you don’t think you we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill,” Kimmel continued. “If one illegal immigrant causes a car accident, we’ve got to build a wall to keep the rest of them out. Why are you looking for solutions to that problem and not this one?”
He urged viewers to visit everytown.org to pressure representatives to either listen to their demands or “vote them out of office.”
Watch the clip above, via ABC.
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