Retired CBS late-night talk show host David Letterman just slammed NBC’s The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for his widely panned soft-ball interview of the “damaged” Republican candidate. Fallon didn’t ask him a single serious question, instead preferring to muss Trump’s infamously awful hair-do in a pathetic attempt to humanize the racist trust-fund baby and Republican nominee:
If I had a show, I would have gone right after him. I would have said something like, “Hey, nice to see you. Now, let me ask you: what gives you the right to make fun of a human who is less fortunate, physically, than you are?” And maybe that’s where it would have ended. Because I don’t know anything about politics. I don’t know anything about trade agreements. I don’t know anything about China devaluing the yuan. But if you see somebody who’s not behaving like any other human you’ve known, that means something. They need an appointment with a psychiatrist. They need a diagnosis and they need a prescription.
David Letterman knows Trump’s unique brand of lying all too well, because the host interviewed Republican nominee numerous times during the combined 33-year run of his programs on NBC’s LateNight and later on CBS’ The Late Show, which is now hosted by Steven Colbert who also let the orange-faced one off without serious questioning.
In fact, one of Letterman’s last interviews with Trump cut so far to the roots of the Republican nominee’s unique hypocrisy about trade with China, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton turned it into an attack ad (which you can see below). Letterman’s October 2012 interview during the run up to President Obama’s decisive victory over Mitt Romney debunked Trump’s insane trade talk (even back then) on the program by asking if he knew where his clothing lines were made, namely China and Bangladesh. All Trump could do was shrug, close his eyes and give a sheepish look to the audience in a tacit admission of his hypocrisy.
David Letterman didn’t stop at nailing Jimmy Fallon to the wall either. He nailed the national Republican Party to the wall next, for snuggling up to Trump, and thereby normalizing the kind of racism that their party now peddles as politics. Letterman said that people who behave like Trump have a “disorder” and that, instead of celebrating him, the Republican Party should instead “shun” The Donald:
[Trump] decides he’s running for president. And right out of the box, he goes after immigrants and how they’re drug dealers and they’re rapists. And everybody swallows hard. And they think, oh, well, somebody will take him aside and say, “Don, don’t do that.” But it didn’t happen. And then, I can remember him doing an impression, behind a podium, of a reporter for The New York Times who has a congenital disorder. And then I thought, if this was somebody else — if this was a member of your family or a next-door neighbor, a guy at work — you would immediately distance yourself from that person. And that’s what I thought would happen. Because if you can do that in a national forum, that says to me that you are a damaged human being. If you can do that, and not apologize, you’re a person to be shunned.
David Letterman is absolutely right. It’s been painful watching one of America’s two major parties bow down to a demagogue. House Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority “leader” Mitch McConnell have ignored most of Trump’s constant deliveries of outrageous hate, mockery, and insults.
Watch Trump’s shame on the Letterman show below, because you won’t see it on NBC’s current programming:
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition