Jimmy Kimmel is standing up for the student survivors demanding change after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week.
During his monologue Wednesday, the host took aim at those spreading conspiracy theories about the students speaking out, including “the president’s least favourite son,” Donald Trump Jr., and country singer Ted Nugent.
Trump Jr. liked two stories on Twitter attacking student David Hogg, alleging he is speaking out as an elaborate cover for the FBI.
“This is our president’s son doing that,” Kimmel said, “liking a story that directly defames a student that survived a shooting.”
Kimmel also pointed to one of Ted Nugent’s Facebook posts spreading the same lie about Hogg.
“I want you to consider this, especially if you are a Trump supporter or a member of the N.R.A,” Kimmel said. “Do you really think these kids, these teenagers who spoke out after a shooting at their school, are actors who are part of some kind of deep-state, left-wing conspiracy?”
“If the answer is ‘Yes, I do believe that,’ I have some bad news for you: You’re crazy. You’re a crazy person. Your brain is not functioning, and I’m worried about you.”
Kimmel then called on those who care about the truth to stand up against the conspiracy theories.
“You can’t just sit there and let these scumbags spread these lies about these kids,” he told his audience.
Stephen Colbert also used his monologue to attack those who have been calling the students “crisis actors.”
“That is wrong on a lot of levels. Not just because it diminishes the tragedy of what these kids experienced,” Colbert said, “but it also gives theatre majors false hope that someday they’ll get jobs. I speak from experience here.”