So, was Trump’s Fallon appearance actually ‘HUUUUUGE’?

13 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Donald Trump & Jimmy Fallon talk Kanye West, 9/11, and apologies on The Tonight Show.

Donald Trump’s Tonight Show interview with Jimmy Fallon on Friday — his first late-night appearance since announcing his bid for president — fell on the anniversary of the Sep. 11 attacks.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s first late-night TV appearance as a presidential candidate was, predictably, as colorful as the man himself.Jimmy Fallon capped off a Donald Trump-filled episode of The Tonight Show Friday with Pharrell Williams showcasing his latest single “Freedom.” The “unprecedented” performance marked a first for the late-night show as Williams and company delivered the song from atop The Tonight Show marquee outside 30 Rock and right next to New York’s Radio City Music Hall. “You know why I love New York City?Says Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is ‘wrong’ and soft-pedals feud with Carly FIorina, calling her ‘a really nice woman’ – before saying he’s never met her Republican front-runner Donald Trump still lacks experience apologizing, but he told ‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon that he’s open to the idea – provided he ever makes a mistake.Jimmy Fallon found a way to sidestep the fate of every other reporter who’s questioned Donald Trump lately (namely, getting insulted on Twitter the next morning): just let the man “interview himself.” He still doesn’t really have a plan for most of his campaign promises, save one.

In an absurd sketch that wasn’t so absurd, Fallon played Trump’s doppelganger, while Trump contemplated maybe, someday, apologizing for being wrong. Consequently, the interview started off a more somber note than the goofy pre-interview sketch, which saw Fallon pretending to be Trump’s reflection. “In a certain sense it means strength, because the way the city bounced back. The Republican frontrunner kicked things off with a nearly six-minute skit that saw him participating in an interview with his own reflection, played by a be-wigged, spray-tanned Fallon. “Alright, me. Seems he finally figured out how to get Mexico to fence themselves in. “I’ll challenge Mexico to the biggest game of Jenga the world has ever seen.

The funnyman host joked that Trump had caught flack for taking the stage Wednesday at a tea party rally in Washington to the tune of REM’s ‘It’s the end of the world as we know it’ – a choice that enraged the band’s very liberal members. Thing is, it came in the form of a scripted comedy sketch in which the actual Trump faced off against his Fallon-esque doppelganger, but delivered specific answers to challenging questions about the American economy, tax policy, the proposal for a wall on the Mexican border, and other pressing issues. (However, there was no mention of the withdrawal of Rick Perry from the presidential race; the show was taped just as Perry was announcing the suspension of his campaign.) If Trump’s answers were played for laughs and patently absurd, they were arguably no more absurd than a great deal of the verbiage emanating from both sides of the aisle in what is shaping up as one of the more bizarre and surprising presidential campaigns in modern history.

We have amazing people.” His words were greeted by loud cheers from the studio audience, and it became apparent why Trump is currently leading the race (“by a lot,” as he noted) for the Republican presidential nomination; he projects confidence like a superpower, a belief that he is great, and that all of America can be, as well. (His appeal was heightened by the fact that he managed to go the whole interview without saying anything racist or sexist.) Still, the idea of Donald Trump, legitimate presidential candidate, is a little mind-boggling for those who see him as merely an over-the-top reality TV personality. 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. Fallon, made up and wigged to look like Trump, sat across a dressing-room table from him with camera angles making it look like The Donald was his mirror image. Was it always real?” “People are tired in this country of being ripped off,” Trump responded, citing the Iran deal and veteran health issues as prominent government failures. “I’m an efficient guy, I’ve built a great company, and this is the kind of mindset we need now in this country. And then when they finish, I’ll say I don’t want to play anymore.” The real Trump got a few moments to talk about how he’d create jobs — “just by doing it” — and how he’d help the economy, but the stand-out moments were Fallon’s dead-on facial impressions of the Republican front-runner.

We need to become rich again, and we’re gonna be great again.” Earlier in the show, during his Friday “thank-you notes” segment, Fallon thanked Trump not only for coming on the show in person but also for appearing “in every monologue from the past few months.” Fallon asked Trump about making the transition from joke fodder to serious contender. “I’m a comedian, I come out here every night, I have to make jokes about everybody,” he told Trump. “I gotta say, probably eight months ago if I said your name as running for president, it would get a laugh. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. I’m like a Greek god who just took a bath in a pumpkin spice latte.” Asked whether he would choose Gary 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. Honestly, it’s tough stuff.”) and on fellow Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, whose entire face Trump recently insulted in Rolling Stone (”I think she’s a very nice woman.

Wasn’t that a great show?” He then declared that he would love networks like CNN and Fox to donate any profit gained by his debate appearances to charity (specifically, to “the vets”). 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. 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. 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.

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. If you’re reading a speech, it’s much easier, but you don’t get the reading,” Trump said, noting that a recent rally in Alabama was like a “love-fest.” “When you do it just off the cuff, it’s a riskier thing, but when you get it right, it’s a thing of beauty.” “I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong,” Trump replied. He brought up his offensive comments about illegal immigration in his initial campaign speech – “those first two weeks, boy did I take heat” – but said that he was “right on it.” “Kanye has been so nice to me. I love people who are nice to me,” said Trump, who has built a reputation for viciousness against anyone who says “not-nice” things about him. “Kanye is actually, I know him a little bit, he’s actually a much nicer person than people think. 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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