His tear-filled monologues on children's health care and gun control in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting both produced viral videos. This is leftism in a microcosm in that discussions on salient issues are long on emotion, short on facts and often conveyed in an echo chamber (in this case, in front of friendly audiences). But hey, I'm willing to listen to Kimmel if he desires to discuss these issues in a substantive manner. And who better to engage in a discussion than Ben Shapiro, the conservative commentator who is perhaps the most insightful voice on the right? As such, there have been multiple pleas via Twitter for a debate to take place.
The proposal makes sense, since Shapiro has challenged Kimmel publicly on issues ranging from Obamacare (where Kimmel attempted to use his son’s open-heart surgery to emotionally bolster his case defending his support for Obamacare, only to have Shapiro rip his perspective and slam Kimmel for using his child as a prop while noting that his own daughter had the same surgery by the same doctor) to gun control. After Kimmel delivered an emotional rant calling for more gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre and said Americans' thoughts and prayers were insufficient, Shapiro pointed out the numerous lies Kimmel propounded,then responded:
I have a question: who died and made Jimmy Kimmel God? Who’s Jimmy Kimmel to decide whether thoughts, your thoughts and your prayers, are insufficient? 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? Really, how did this work 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.
Admittedly, I'm highly skeptical this will happen since Kimmel likely wouldn't be allowed to possess faxed talking points from Chuck Schumer nor would he be able to hold his kid during the debate. But hey, I'm certain Shapiro would be willing to concede those terms given what he has on his side --- substantive facts.