Late Night hosts struggle to make sense of Texas school shooting – Deadline

Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel recorded a special segment alone on stage before the Jimmy Kimmel Live! the audience was seated. In it, he struggled to address yesterday’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that claimed the lives of 19 children and 2 adults.

“Here we are again, on another day of mourning in this country,” said Kimmel, whose youngest son is five years old, and then paused to collect himself before continuing, “where once again, we cry, 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, warn us not to politicize this. They immediately criticize our president for even talking about doing anything to stop it. Because they don’t want to talk about it. Because they know what they have done. And they know what they haven’t done. And they know that it is indefensible. So they prefer to sweep this under the rug.”

Kimmel soon switched to one of his favorite sparring partners, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, but with a surprising amount of sympathy.

And here’s the thing: I don’t think Ted Cruz doesn’t care about kids. I do not. I refuse to believe that he is not affected by this. He is a father. I bet he went to bed sick to his stomach last night. It’s easy to call someone a monster. But he is not a monster, he is a human being. 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, to the human being, to Governor Abbot and to everyone: it’s okay to admit you made a mistake. In fact, it’s not only okay, it’s necessary to admit that you made a mistake when your mistake is to kill the children in your state.

“It takes a great person to do something like that. It takes a brave person to do something like that. And do I think these men are brave people? No, i do not do it. I do not.

“But man, I would love to be surprised.”

Last night, after their shows had already been taped, both Stephen Colbert and James Corden returned in front of the cameras to try to make sense of the tragedy.

An emotional Corden called the violence “unfathomable” in the late show.

“When I drop my kids off at school in the morning and kiss them goodbye, it doesn’t cross your mind that this could be the last goodbye,” he said. “The idea of ​​that phone call, that your son is the victim of a mass shooting, is beyond comprehension 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 difficult to understand “how many people must think this is an acceptable byproduct to never make significant changes to gun laws.”

He continued: “It doesn’t make sense to me. It doesn’t reflect the country that I think the United States is.”

An also emotional Colbert collected in the late show where Corden left off saying, “Let’s pray this time that our leaders will show a modicum of courage in trying to prevent this from happening again. But the prayers will not end with this. Voting might, so when you vote ask yourself this question: Who is running for office has publicly stated that they are willing to do anything and everything in their power to protect their children from the criminally insane amount of guns in the United States? Joined?

The audience cheered the sentiment.

Flashing back to tonight, when the usually light-hearted Jimmy Fallon used his interview with former White House press secretary Jen Psaki to broach the subject on the tonight show.

Fallon asked Psaki how she reacted to such horrors when she was a press secretary. She did it first as a mother who has two young children in school.

“The first reaction I had, of course, was shock,” she told Fallon, “and sadness and that kind of feeling you get when you get a lump in your throat and you feel like if you speak, you’re going to cry. That kind of sadness. And then you feel afraid.”

With tears in her eyes, Psaki continued, “I think just like parents across the country, I was thinking about sending my daughter to kindergarten today, and is she safe? Is she okay is she there? What kind of security do they have? Should they have security? Those are the kinds of thoughts that go through your head when you’re in the White House because you’re thinking about what the country is going through and what you can do to help. [it] heal.”

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