He treated Trump like a beloved uncle
How could anyone be mad at Jimmy Fallon? He’s America’s goofy little brother known for fawning over guests and playing beer pong with celebrities. But last night, on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the NBC late-night host had Republican presidential nominee Donald Tump on his show and threw him nothing but softballs. Fallon did everything he could to humanize a man who’s provoked bigotry, sexism, and violence.
Although late-night talk show hosts aren’t supposed to do the job of hard-hitting journalists, Fallon treated Trump more like a beloved uncle than a fear-mongering bigot. Here are just a few of the easy, non-confrontational questions Fallon lobbed at The Donald.
—This is getting real. You still have time, do you still want to do this?
—There’s kids watching at home right now... Why should they want to grow up and be president?
—Did you always see yourself getting into politics?
—Do you think your business background helps you with campaigning?
—Hillary getting sick, you handled that very well, saying you hoped she gets better. Have you gotten close to getting sick this whole campaign?
—How do you not get sick from shaking all those hands?
—You’re from Queens?
—Could I mess your hair up?
Shit like this is normalizing racism. https://t.co/HhAiX7YfEo— gregarious (@gregarious)1473987639.0
Then Fallon petted Trump’s hair like he would a harmless puppy dog. Ahhhh isn’t he cute? How could he possibly deport eleven million undocumented immigrants, punish women for having abortions, torture people, and execute the families of terrorists?
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
FALLON: what I'm really curious about: why is the mustache so small? HITLER: ah Jimmy, ha ha FALLON: it's like a little caterpillar! ha ha— 🎶 Baby, I’m Dead Inside 🎶 (@🎶 Baby, I’m Dead Inside 🎶)1474018957.0
Fallon interviewing Hitler: "Let's talk about your book!"— Megan Amram (@Megan Amram)1474005457.0
If you want to see the normalization of racism, it's the host of the Tonight Show interviewing a racist demagogue without bringing it up.— Jon Lovett (@Jon Lovett)1474004123.0
I don't fault Jimmy Fallon for not being a journalist. I do fault him for his willingness to serve as hell's court jester.— Mark Harris (@Mark Harris)1474002525.0
I love when Jimmy Fallon plays 'humanize the monster' https://t.co/BFJf7TyhmU— Secular Talk (@Secular Talk)1474034572.0
That memorable Jimmy Fallon episode where he and Pol Pot lip synced to Oops I Did It Again— Jeff Tiedrich [retired account — see bio] (@Jeff Tiedrich [retired account — see bio])1474026577.0
When you are neutral in the presence of racism and bigotry, you are part of the problem Jimmy Fallon— R Joseph (@R Joseph)1474008219.0
Jimmy Fallon: Mind if I touch your moustache? Adolf Hitler: *chuckles* Nein.— Vault 69 Boy (@Vault 69 Boy)1474005466.0
In his defense, Jimmy Fallon just pulled in a 35 share among white supremacists 18-49.— Ken Jennings (@Ken Jennings)1474001133.0
Here’s how David Letterman handled trump.