Some might credit Jimmy Fallon’s “humanizing” interview with Donald Trump as a potential factor in the president’s eventual 2016 victory. (A hasty conclusion, to be sure.) However, Trump is no longer singing Fallon’s praises.
If you’ll recall, Fallon invited Trump on his show during the 2016 campaign and famously “ruffled” the notorious bird’s nest of hair atop Trump’s shining, bulbous head.
Many blamed Fallon afterward for whitewashing a hugely problematic candidate — who would eventually go on to become a hugely problematic president.
Fallon recently addressed the controversy in a recent Hollywood Reporter interview, recalling the criticism he received for making Trump appear more likable.
“It was definitely a downtime,” he says of the period following the interview. “And it’s tough for morale. There’s 300 people that work here, and so when people are talking that bad about you and ganging up on you, in a really gang-mentality.”
Fallon says that he wasn’t really sure how people expected him to rectify the situation.
“You go, ‘Alright, we get it. I heard you. You made me feel bad. So now what? Are you happy? I’m depressed. Do you want to push me more? What do you want me to do? You want me to kill myself? What would make you happy? Get over it.'”
“I’m sorry. I don’t want to make anyone angry — I never do and I never will,” he adds. “It’s all in the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I made anyone mad. And, looking back, I would do it differently.”
Naturally, Trump noticed the article. On Sunday, the president tweeted a highly unpresidential statement, in which he told Fallon to “be a man.”
However, Twitter wasn’t fooled by Trump’s blatant attempt to stir up controversy and detract from his recent and highly problematic statements and policies concerning immigration.
Of course, people were also just utterly exhausted by the fact that our president tweets such unprofessional and unintelligible nonsense on a regular basis.
While people still aren’t apologizing for ganging up on Fallon over the ill-conceived Trump interview idea, they also aren’t buying into Trump’s attempt to stir sh*t.
It’s a nice try, Donny, but we’re not going to get distracted enough to forget that you promised to do something about your horrific immigration policies.
Now, put up or shut up. (Preferably both.)