Conservative author and speaker Ben Shapiro excoriated late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel for politicizing the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.
What did Kimmel say?
Kimmel described the massacre during his show and segued into a call for gun control.
"I’ve been reading comments from people saying this is terrible but there’s nothing we can do about it, but I disagree with that intensely because, of course, there’s something we can do about it," Kimmel said. "There are a lot of things we could do about it, but we don’t."
He also addressed the Second Amendment and made a joke that the Founding Fathers "wanted us to have AK-47s" and said that the National Rifle Association not only controls the GOP, but runs the country as well.
"[GOP lawmakers] should be praying ... for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country because it is, so crazy," Kimmel ranted.
Kimmel later said, "Your thoughts and your prayers are insufficient."
What was Shapiro's response?
Shapiro in a Tuesday video addressed Kimmel's Monday night monologue.
“Jimmy Kimmel should not be cheered for what he did," Shapiro said. "Jimmy Kimmel should be asked to provide the evidence for his suppositions rather than the evidence for his emotions."
Although Shapiro believed Kimmel's sentiments to be sincere, "sincerity does not make what you're saying smart."
The conservative author noted that Kimmel's statement about GOP lawmakers praying for forgiveness is nothing more than political rhetoric to further divide the country.
"Last night, he did a long shtick about gun control that was entirely based on emotion and it was really nasty," Shapiro said. "It was really nasty. I don’t think it was nasty because he doesn’t care. He cares. It’s really nasty because he’s suggesting that you and I don’t care."
He added that those who don't agree with Kimmel's "evidence-less suggestions about gun control" means that "we are bad people" and that "we don't care."
"You want to know why the country is not unified? It’s because of stuff like this," Shapiro said.
He noted that division in the U.S. doesn't stem from disagreeing on policy, but because certain groups within the country feel necessary to "impute bad motives to people who disagree."
"Who’s Jimmy Kimmel to decide whether thoughts, your thoughts and your prayers, are insufficient?" Shapiro asked. "So, your thoughts and prayers are only sufficient if you do what Jimmy Kimmel wants you to do? That’s the way this works now? Who died and made him Jesus?"
Shapiro wasn't finished there, however:
How did this work again exactly that Jimmy Kimmel gets to be the great moral arbiter of our time? A late-night talk show host who used to host "The Man Show" with women bouncing on trampolines? He’s now the great arbiter of what constitutes morality in politics and if you disagree with him, your thoughts and prayers are insufficient.
It doesn’t matter that you were fervently praying for the victims, doesn’t matter that you were donating your time or your blood. None of that matters if you disagree with Jimmy Kimmel, what you’ve done today is insufficient. You must pay. You will burn in the fiery bowels of Jimmy Kimmel’s hell. Just gross.