Donald Trump Talks Going From Joke Candidate to Republican Front-Runner, Name …

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Donald Trump Talks Going From Joke Candidate to Republican Front-Runner, Name-Checks Steve Burke on ‘Tonight Show’.

After taking swipes at any number of people vying against him for the Republican nomination in the race for U.S. Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s first late-night TV appearance as a presidential candidate was, predictably, as colorful as the man himself.

In an absurd sketch that wasn’t so absurd, Fallon played Trump’s doppelganger, while Trump contemplated maybe, someday, apologizing for being wrong.The real-estate mogul continued to crusade against the Iran deal, criticize Hillary Clinton and make nice with Carly Fiorina while Jimmy Fallon asked about some of Trump’s surprising tactics.Donald Trump’s interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show Friday marked the presidential candidate’s first late night appearance since announcing his campaign back in June, but a pre-interview sketch in which Fallon dressed up as Trump’s reflection may have stolen the show.In a way, that is: The front-running Republican presidential candidate teamed up with NBC host Jimmy Fallon for a take on the old “talking to myself in the dressing room mirror” routine.

The host, doing his best Donald Trump impression and dressed as the real-estate mogul, traded quips with the real Trump in a sketch that preceded the presidential candidate’s ‘Tonight Show’ interview.Donald Trump stared through a mirror and looked back at a warped version of himself on Friday, the night of his first 2016 presidential campaign late night interview. Jimmy Fallon—in costume as Trump, complete with a hardened pile of blonde hair—asked him how he’d create jobs and how he’d get Mexico to build a wall along their United States border, and then they talked about Jenga.

I’ll call you back after I comb my hair,” Fallon said in his best Trump-speak. “Talk to you in 3 hours.” Trump seemed game for the sketch’s sendup of his famous love affair with himself, his accent, and his penchant for going heavy on promises and light on details, occasionally favoring the studio audience with a bit of side-eye. In what looked like an homage to the famous scene from Duck Soup in which Groucho and Harpo Marx mimicked each other across a non-existent mirror, the red-tied, dark-suited candidate and his similarly attired alter-ego (who, like the genuine article, sported a wispy bouffant the color of spun gold) sat in their dressing room, on opposite sides of a makeup table, and prepped themselves to be grilled by a certain “dopey,” “pathetic” talk show host. Like their real interview, the sketch combined goofy camaraderie (and Fallon’s love for Trump’s pronunciation of “huuuuuuge”) with legitimate policy issues – or at least, it tried to. So Fallon said he’d challenge Mexico to a game of Jenga and when they finally put the last log into the tower to set up the game, he’d say, meh, I don’t want to play anymore, leaving a huge wall.

Early on, Fallon-Trump asked real Trump how exactly he planned to create more jobs for the middle class. “I’m just gonna do it” was Trump’s response. The only one qualified to interview me is me.” After an exchange with the requisite Trumpisms of “huge” and “genius” sprinkled throughout, Fallon’s Trump says, “Sorry, I wasn’t paying attention.

After Trump said he’d go with Kanye West over Gary Busey for VP, Fallon drawled, “Alright, guess it’s time to go out and talk to that dopey goofball Jimmy Fallon and give him the biggest ratings his pathetic show has ever seen.” Fallon also said that while Trump has gone from a joke candidate, with him not even believing Trump was serious about running when he announced it, to people taking his run more seriously, the perception of Hillary Clinton as a White House shoo-in has changed a bit. The host took Trump by surprise only once, when he asked the candidate whether he had ever apologized, even going back to his childhood. “This was not supposed to be one of the questions,” Trump said before answering. “I fully think apologizing is a great thing but you have to be wrong.” Trump did not rule out apologizing in the future. “I will absolutely apologize sometime in the hopefully distant future if I’m ever wrong,” he said. I’m like a Greek god who just took a bath in a pumpkin spice latte.” Asked whether he would chooseGary Busey as his vice president, Trump responded that the actor was more Supreme Court justice material. “Vice president’s a serious job,” Trump said. “I would say maybe Kanye West.” The rapper recently announced he plans to run for president in 2020. During the next question, about how else Trump vaguely planned to help the economy, Fallon pulled a move out of Charlie Chaplin’s arsenal, comically trying to mimic Trump’s gestures.

Trump said his notes are all in his head: “I’m blessed with a great memory. … If you’re reading or if you have teleprompters … or even looking down all the time at notes, you’re not going to get the reaction from the crowd … When you get it right, it’s a thing of beauty.” He also repeated what he told The Hollywood Reporter that he would only apologize if he was wrong on something. The network dropped Trump’s beauty pageants, which they had partnered on, and said the real estate mogul would not appear in future seasons of the reality show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Even with Trump’s growing acceptance as a candidate who is leading in the polls, there are no plans to go back into business with him, according to a senior NBC executive who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. It will be fascinating to see how or whether Stephen Colbert—whose comic sensibility is more cerebral than Fallon’s—tries to puncture the balloon when the candidate visits with the freshly minted CBS late-night host on Sept. 22. For example, he talked about the criticism he received after his controversial immigration comments during his campaign announcement, saying “I took such heat,” but insisted he was “right,” an assertion that drew a smattering of boos from the audience. “I’m like you now; I don’t use teleprompters,” the host shot back as the crowd roared, with Fallon crumpling up a piece of paper on his desk, presumably with the prepared questions on it.

Now, more than ever, the road to the White House passes unavoidably through comedy and entertainment, and aspiring presidents who can’t or won’t participate will do themselves no favors. In a lightning round, Trump noted that his wall between the U.S. and Mexico could be called Trump Wall and responded to Fallon’s prompt to say something nice about Carly Fiorina with, “I think she’s a very nice woman.” Fallon ended the interview by offering an alternate song for Trump to use after Neil Young and R.E.M. objected to him using their music. Discussing the former first lady and secretary of state whose Democratic-frontrunner status is sagging under the weight of the email controversy, Trump opined that there’s “a lot of bad stuff” in the latest scandal and that former CIA director and retired Gen. Trump also stuck around to do some affiliate promos with Fallon, during which the host told his guest, and the audience, that due to the equal-time rule, they can only show his face for four seconds. David Petraeus, who pled guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a $40,000 fine for his own mishandling classified material, “did five percent of what she did.” “It’s gonna be very tough for her—a very, very bad time,” Trump said about Clinton. “I feel terribly about it,” he added, prompting Fallon to laugh along with the audience.

Trump added, in a patronizing tone: “I think she’s a very fine woman.” As for the other candidates, Trump said, “to me, they’re all the same.” The only big difference from the sketch, which preceded the interview, was that every so often Fallon injected a dose of skepticism and sheer amazement. When Fallon asked what Trump believed had brought his candidacy to its current advantageous position, Trump launched into a crazy-quilt of free-association that somehow concluded in crowd counts in various arenas and stadiums where his rallies had been held. “What question did I ask?” Fallon mused. “Did I ask about stadiums?

I couldn’t even remember what the question was.” “Maybe what’s refreshing,” Fallon observed, “is that you get yourself in trouble sometimes.

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