Former late night talk show host David Letterman is very familiar with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In a recent interview, Letterman told the New York Times that Trump was one of his favorite TV guests because his signature “blowhard billionaire” persona was instantly recognizable to his audience, and easy to mock.
“’Nobody took him seriously, and people loved him when he would come on the show,’ said Letterman, who retired last year. ‘I would make fun of his hair, I would call him a slumlord, I would make fun of his ties — and he could just take a punch like nothing. He was the perfect guest.’”
However, the legendary host said that he was surprised by Trump’s successful presidential campaign and noted that there was one moment he believes should have derailed the former reality TV star’s ambitions.
“’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,’ Letterman said. ‘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.’”
Letterman was also highly critical of Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, who suffered strong backlash following his softball interview of Trump in September.
“’If I had a show, I would have gone right after him,’ Letterman said. ‘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?’”
The comedian reiterated how Trump’s mockery of a disabled reporter should have effectively killed his presidential campaign, and noted that anyone who behaves like Trump needs their head examined.
“’I don’t know anything about politics,’ Letterman said. ‘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.’”
Here’s a perfect example of how Letterman used to brilliantly humiliate Trump to his face on a regular basis.
In that video, Letterman exposed Trump for what he really is. A “blowhard billionaire” who likes to Monday morning quarterback the decisions of far more capable people than himself.
The segments on Letterman’s shows featuring Trump could put most “serious” journalist who have interviewed the billionaire during this election season to shame.
Letterman exposed Trump as being the perfect Republican, who doesn’t believe the rules apply to him, especially the ones he thinks should apply to everyone else.
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