Jimmy Kimmel treated America to another fabulous monologue this week after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL. This is what Jimmy Kimmel Live is all about nowadays — a Democrat political activist dressing up as a late night talk show host. Sure, he needs to wade through the sludge of cliche celebrity interviews each night, but the real meat and potatoes of Kimmel’s show now is the political advocacy.
And so we find Kimmel opening Thursday night’s monologue clearly choking up at the emotional devastation of the event – but just as quickly – he transitions into a political gun control attack on Trump and the Republicans.
He’s a comedian, damn it! Don’t you understand that they’re more intelligent than the average person? Sit down, he’s going to educate us simpletons.
Buckle in, everybody — here he goes!
“Don’t you dare let anybody say it’s too soon to be talking about this,” Kimmel says of Republicans.
An audience member yells, “Do something now!”
Do something. Anything! That’s the plea.
Kimmel craftily soaks his political prescriptions with the passion of his self-righteous moral leadership. Each time he chokes up about a political issue, he’s oozing with moral indignation.
“If you don’t think you need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill,” Kimmel says about Trump, but it’s obvious this attack is meant for every supporter of gun rights.
Kimmel keeps swinging, “You’ve literally done nothing. One of your very first acts as President was to roll back regulations that kept firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.”
Well, that accusation was thoroughly dismantled in February 2017 by Charles C. W. Cooke here.
(By the way, didn’t we just recently hear a similar “mentally ill” accusation like that?)
Anyway, Kimmel sobs again as he struggles to say the words and implore us, “children are being murdered … ”
And later, “We’re not gonna allow you to bow your head in prayer for two weeks.”
The underlying condescension and arrogance in his tone is infuriating. The moral grandstanding and virtue-signaling is running wild, and the constant attacks against Christians is exhausted and tired at this point.
But this type of rhetorical tactic works with the left. It appeals to the emotions, and one is resolved to bask in his self-assuredness that he’s one of the ones that cares.
Kimmel will continue delivering activist monologues, there’s no doubt about that. And each time, we’re provided a window into the struggle of liberals to understand the political philosophy and policy arguments of conservatives.
It’s reprehensible to them when someone doesn’t agree with their political ideology — almost to the point of religious zeal.
That’s why Kimmel sarcastically accuses Republicans and Christians of not truly caring about their families and communities.
The motivations of the political opposition must be sinister.
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