Right-Wing Radio Host Calls For a ‘Nice School Shooting’ To Stop Media Coverage Of Impeachment, Quickly Gets Fired
A right-wing talk show host was fired on Wednesday after calling for a “nice school shooting” to interrupt the media coverage surrounding the impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump.
Chuck Bonniwell, a fervent Trump defender, made the remarks during 710 KNUS’s “Chuck & Julie” afternoon program. After noting the “never-ending impeachment” of Trump, Bonniwell said that “you wish for a nice school shooting to interrupt.”
Julie Hayden, his wife and co-host, immediately interjected, telling Bonniewell, “Don’t even say that.”
Just hours later, 710 KNUS Denver released a statement saying that the radio show had been canceled following Bonniewell’s “inappropriate” remarks.
“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,” the station said in a statement. “A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.”
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. A programming decision was made to end the program immediately.
— 710 KNUS Denver (@710KNUS) December 19, 2019
Bonniwell argued on the “Chuck & Julie” Twitter account that his comment was intended to be a joke and that it was misinterpreted.
“I made an inappropriate comment meant as a joke,” Bonniwell said in the since-deleted tweet, The Denver Post reported. “I’m sorry it was not received that way.”
Bonniwell’s remarks prompted swift criticism from those affected by mass shootings in the state.
“Unbelievable that a radio host would suggest a school shooting to distract from the presidential impeachment,” said John Castillo, the father of Kendrick Castillo, who died in the May shooting.
Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was killed int the Aurora theater shooting, called for Bonniwell’s firing, saying his remarks represented “total ignorance.”
A number of notable mass shootings have occurred in Colorado in the last 20 years, including the 1999 Columbine high school shooting, which left 13 dead. A 2012 shooting at an Aurora movie theater led to 12 deaths. In May, multiple shooters killed a student and wounded several others at a high school in the Denver area.