Kimmel Defends Student Protestors From ‘Conspiracy Theories’ and Ted Nugent (Video)

“You can’t just sit there and let these scumbags spread these lies,” Kimmel urges NRA members who “aren’t crazy”

Last Updated: February 22, 2018 @ 6:34 AM

Kicking off Wednesday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” host Jimmy Kimmel talked about the nationwide protests earlier in the day that saw high school students across the country walk out of class to protest gun violence.

At issue, the proliferation of conspiracy theories about the students who survived the deadly mass shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. that saw 17 people killed. Noting that even Donald Trump Jr. — “the President’s least favorite son” — liked tweets spreading the lies, Kimmel turned his attention to rocker Ted Nugent, who wrote on Facebook that the response of the surviving students is “all theater.”

“The kid who just watched his friends die is a puppet, according to Ted. Is that OK? Should a person who actively spreads this garbage all around be a member of your board if you are a reputable organization?” Kimmel asked. “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,'” Kimmel continued, “I have some bad news for you: You’re crazy. You’re a crazy person. You’re brain is not functioning, and I’m worried about you. But here’s the thing: if you aren’t crazy — and most of you aren’t — and you agree that accusing teenagers of being part of some diabolical underground government scheme is nuts, you can’t just sit there and let these scumbags spread these lies.”

Kimmel also talked about Russian interference into the 2016 election, the unwillingness of Trump supporters to believe it, and Trump’s “listening session” with survivors of gun violence in which he used a crib sheet reminding him to tell them “I hear you.” Watch the clip above.