Conservative Host Wishes For “Nice School Shooting” To Distract From Impeachment
A conservative talk-radio show in Colorado was immediately canceled after one of its host suggested he would like if “a nice school shooting” would happen to distract from media coverage of President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
According to The Washington Post, Chuck Bonniwell made the comment as he introduced a segment on the “never-ending impeachment of Donald Trump.”
“You know,” Bonniwell said, “you wish for a nice school shooting” to interrupt the nonstop coverage.
His co-host and wife, Julie Hayden, immediately attempted to do damage control, cutting off her husband and saying, “No, no, don’t even — don’t even say that. No, don’t even say that. Don’t call us, Chuck didn’t say that.”
Though Bonniwell tried to backtrack, saying he only meant a shooting “in which no one would be hurt,” the damage was already done and their show was canceled by the end of the day.
“Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the ‘Chuck & Julie’ show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell,” Aurora, Colorado, radio station 710 KNUS said in a statement on Wednesday. “A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.”
Bonniwell took to Twitter to defend himself, writing in a now-deleted tweet that he “made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke,” The Post reported. The co-host added, “I’m sorry it was not received that way.”
The people of Colorado — like many other places in America — are all too familiar with the effects of mass gun violence, The Post noted:
Twenty years ago, two teenage gunmen killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School. In 2012, a gunman walked into an Aurora movie theater and killed 12 people. In May, two shooters killed a student and injured several others at a high school in a Denver suburb.
Sandy Phillips, who lost her daughter in the Aurora shooting, wrote on Twitter that Bonniwell should be fired, after his comments were reported.
“Total ignorance,” she said. “Shootings hurt us all … just ask witnesses and first responders. You don’t have to be shot to be wounded.”
John Castillo, whose son Kendrick died in the May shooting, also spoke out on the social media platform, tweeting: “Unbelievable that a radio host would suggest a school shooting to distract from the presidential [impeachment].”
He later tweeted: “My comments have nothing to do with any political affiliation, only doing the right [thing] and not [promoting] domestic terror.”