Hillary Clinton Gets the ‘Trump’ Treatment on Fallon

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Hillary Clinton’s first late night TV appearance of the cycle started with – what else – an extended Donald Trump joke and a glass of white wine.

Hillary Clinton’s appearance on The Tonight Show fell on the same night as the second GOP debate, so it was only appropriate to get Donald Trump involved somehow.Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon walked onstage as Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump for the second time in a week on Wednesday, this time to interview yet another frontrunner—Hillary Clinton. As the former secretary of state pushes to show more of her humor and humanity on the campaign trail, she sat for a mock interview Wednesday with Trump.

In the pre-interview sketch, Jimmy Fallon reprises his role as Trump, offering to interview Clinton since Fallon is “a total lightweight.” Fallon-Trump, already well-versed in interviewing, asks Clinton about what she’ll do for women in the country, how she plans to communicate with the American people, and how big of a wall the government should build to keep immigrants out. Fallon-dressed-as-Trump interviewed The Donald himself last week and did something similar with Clinton, ringing her up from a fake phone while she sat just a few feet away on the set.

Just days after interviewing the real Donald Trump, Jimmy Fallon brought back his impression of the Republican presidential candidate in a sketch Tuesday night mocking Wednesday night’s GOP debate. Prior to his recent network TV debut, Colbert spent nearly a decade skewering conservatives as a satirical right-wing blowhard on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Fallon as Trump faced off against impressions of fellow Republican candidates Jeb Bush, played by Tonight Show announcer Steve Higgins, and Lindsey Graham in a Dating Game-inspired sketch in which the three candidates tried to “win the support of one lucky undecided voter.” “Wow, these are real people who could one day run this country. Sitting with an iPhone up to her ear, Clinton took a call from Fallon-as-Trump and the two went back and forth, cracking jokes more often at Trump’s expense than at Clinton’s. “Do you have any idea what it’s like to work so hard for something, to be so close to getting it then someone comes out of somewhere and tries to take it all away?” she asked. He told Clinton to yell more if she wanted her poll numbers to climb, and to pick three things everyone loves—puppies, rainbows, fall foliage—and say you hate them.

Let that sink in for a moment,” he said, adding as the game show got underway, “Let’s light this dumpster on fire.” Fallon’s Trump started off by dodging Rachel’s question about whether he has the experience necessary to lead the country and used the opportunity to talk about one of his favorite subjects: walls, like the one he wants to build between the U.S. and Mexico. Clinton’s not exactly known for coming off as spontaneous, fun, or really any adjective that would make you want to be friends with her, but she appeared fairly natural on Wednesday. Ahead of Jonathan Ringen’s full article, which comes out Thursday, Sept. 17, here are five examples. “I wish they’d told me weeks ago because today’s the day, and now we have to crunch and think of an idea to do.

She laughed when Fallon was funny, delivered her lines like she’d had more than enough practice, and said Trump’s hair looks like a soft serve ice cream swirl. Clinton laid out parts of her platform and history, including her decades fighting for women’s rights and asked Fallon-as-Trump what his position on women’s issues would be. “Look, I know a lot of women and they all have issues,” he said. U2 sent their condolences after suffering recent falls of their own. “Bono was one of the first emails,” says Fallon, adopting an Irish brogue. “He said, ‘Welcome to the club, my Irish brother.’ And Edge sent me a thing. Even though Colbert has indicated his new gig won’t be as pointedly partisan as his previous one, he’s still the same guy who once mercilessly roasted President George W. According to data compiled by social media analytics and visualization firm Wayin, going on talk shows like Colbert — especially programs whose cores are largely apolitical, and therefore likely to focus on humanizing guests — are among the best ways candidates can shift the narrative in their favor.

What the hell is wrong with us?'” Jon Stewart cited the exhausting political grind as part of the reason he left the Daily Show earlier this year, but Fallon doesn’t seem prone to the same problem. “When it comes to the show, I don’t have a dog in the fight. Great gender.” Higgins’ Bush, meanwhile, seemed like he wanted to be anywhere but there, talking about how he’s spontaneous because he sometimes responds to a grocery store cashier’s question about paper or plastic bags with, “Surprise me.” During that answer, Bush sank lower and lower behind his podium until just his head was peeking over the top. For the past couple months Wayin has been tracking all of conversations about leading presidential candidates on social media and algorithmically sorting them into buckets based on their overall sentiment analysis: Is a given tweet about Trump positive, negative, or neutral? If [politicians] want to come on, my job is to make them look good, no matter who it is…The fact that Trump decided to do our show over other shows is an honor.

Wayin found that, for most candidates, the proportion of positive tweets in their total number of mentions typically hovered somewhere in the neighborhood of just more than 30 percent. Whether this relatively low figure says more about the quality of America’s politicians or Twitter’s ability to bring out the grumpy complainer in the majority of its users is up for debate. Wayin Vice President Jordan Slabaugh noted that the company typically sees a shift in the conversation around any presidential candidate whenever one appears on TV. But the swings experienced by both Bush and Clinton were larger and more uniformly positive than typical appearances on debates or political chat shows. “These candidates are trying to communicate an authentic and personal message about themselves [on shows like Ellen or Colbert] so they connect with them as a person, not just a politician,” Slabaugh explained. “That authentic advertising of their campaign, we’re seeing across the board, when they go out and show their human side, we see a five to 10, if not bigger, point swing in positive sentiment.” In contrast, during the first GOP presidential primary debate last month, most debate participants received a modest bump.

The exceptions were former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, whose strong performance netted her a 24-point positive spike, and Trump, who faced a 10-percentage negative headwind for a few days trailing the event. Not so much during a one-on-one talk show. “During the debates, more eyes are on those occasions and opportunities, but they’re few and far between,” Slabaugh said. “It can be really hard to pull through messages in that personal connection that these politicians know they need to make.” The caveat here is that tweets don’t necessarily equal votes.

Yet, there is some evidence that social media sentiment analysis can be a strong proxy for overall public sentiment toward a given political candidate.

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