Letterman Returns With Election-Eve Trolling Of ‘Psychotic’ Trump

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“Here’s everyone’s favorite cutthroat real estate mogul,” is how David Letterman introduced Donald Trump on his Late Night show in 2013. Little did he know at the time, but exactly seven years later, Trump would be the nation’s cutthroat president fighting for another win on the eve of this election.

In an interview with the West Coast Editor Josef Adalian of The Vulture, an off-shoot of The New York magazine, Letterman talked about how he sees the 2020 presidential election shaping up.

With a very little small talk, Adalian jumped into the fire, so to speak. The two men were talking about California’s wildfire crisis:

‘I’ve been after them to just get out there. I mean, people enjoy raking leaves, I know I do. Turn me loose with a rake and a hundred-thousand acres of forest land and that’s my weekend.’

In 2016, David Letterman predicted that Trump would lose. In fact he called it “not a chance in hell” Trump would win.  He was wrong. So what happened? He said he relied on Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist for The New York Times, Thomas Friedman:

‘I was very certain of that because I heard Thomas Friedman say that. No, it wasn’t Thomas Friedman. It was the guy on the PBS NewsHour, the Republican pundit, David Brooks. He had said that he would win the primaries but be crushed in the general. And I thought, Okay, David Brooks. Yeah, okay. That’s good enough for me.’

Then, there was the big question: Who will win in 2020? This time, Letterman said he was “more confident now that I was then, and I was pretty confident then.” Why is that not very reassuring:

‘I believe he will lose it big, and it will be a relief to every living being in this country, whether they realize it now or not. It certainly will be a relief to me and my family, and I think generally the population. I’m more confident now than I was then, and I was pretty confident then. I was wrong. I don’t think I’ll be wrong this time.’

He repeated:

‘I’m more confident now than I was then, and I was pretty confident then. I was wrong. I don’t think I’ll be wrong this time.’

Letterman said that his low point in this presidency began when Trump said the press was “the enemy of the people:”

‘Well, I’ll tell you when it really began was when he declared that the press was the enemy of the people. And to me, this seemed like something you hear coming out of Venezuela, when Hugo Chávez was running that country. I thought, “This is not right. Even ill-informed people like myself know that this is not right.'”

Letterman continued, noting “The press does the heavy lifting for people:

‘The press is not the enemy of the people. The press educates the people. The press informs the people. The press does the heavy lifting for people who don’t need to be aware of every single thing that’s going on because the press is doing that job for them.’

Then, Letterman got serious saying he was “tired of criticizing the administration…This man is a bully:”

‘But I’m tired of criticizing the president. I’m tired of criticizing the administration. I’m tired of moaning and hand-wringing. I think this man is a bully, and bullies frighten people. But just by voting, I think that’s going to be the end of it. Then I think the real fun will begin — to see what transpires after this job is taken out from under him.’

Letterman did a fake apology after he called Trump a racist. Any regrets? He responded that he should have “known more about what he was up to, but I just didn’t.” The television host said he had a mistaken belief that tripped him up — “smart people were not racists.” He was wrong:

‘[S]pecifically with regard to Trump, I feel like I should have stuck by my accusation and not have caved to get him back on the show. I had to do a nightly show, and I didn’t know then what I know now. I should’ve known more about what he was up to, but I just didn’t. I have always sort of felt that smart people were not racists. I didn’t know that it seemed to be genetic in his case.’

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