David Letterman pulls no punches when speaking about the current GOP presidential nominee. The former late-night talk show host told Tom Brokaw in June that Trump was “despicable” and “repugnant.” In his latest interview with The New York Times, however, Letterman went even further.
Letterman told the interviewer that he actually enjoyed having Trump on The Late Show with David Letterman during the many decades that he hosted the show, as Trump was an easy foil.
‘Nobody took him seriously, and people loved him when he would come on the show. 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.’
Letterman is no longer laughing at Trump’s antics. He may have been a great foil in interviews, but the idea of that despicable man serving as president defies all logic.
‘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.’
Letterman also criticized the host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, for his softball interview with Donald Trump in September. “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?'” Instead, Fallon angered viewers and drew widespread criticism for playing with Trump’s hair and doing his best to make Donald Trump likable.
David Letterman admits that he’s not an expert on politics or foreign policy. Regardless, he sees through Trump’s empty promises to his voters and indicts his very character as being unsuitable and unacceptable for a president of the United States.
‘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.’
It’s too bad that so many of his deplorable supporters need to be seeing the same doctor. They are unable to recognize that Trump’s words and actions should have already disqualified him for any government office.
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