Hillary Shades Fallon, GOP Sexism
Have you seen my show? Im never too hard on anyone.Those were the defensive words of Jimmy Fallon, the newly embattled host of NBCs The Tonight Show, after fielding a barrage of criticism that hed taken it far too easy on guest Donald Trump, recently. Fallon, given the rare opportunity to ask his former network-mate Trump anything he wanted (this is, after all, a candidate whos launched a full-scale assault on the First Amendmentbanning numerous outlets from covering his ralliesand hasnt held a proper presser since July), opted to play with his hair and yuk it up with the demagogue. From a historical standpoint, it drew comparisons to former racist presidential hopeful George Wallaces appearance on The Joey Bishop Show in 1967. So on Monday night, Fallon did his best to atone for his screw-up by conducting a similarly delicate chat with Trumps decidedly more qualified opponent, Hillary Clinton. After greeting Hillary by donning a surgical mask and applying hand sanitizer, Fallon first asked about the former Secretary of States recent bout of walking pneumoniaone that her opponent and his army of fiercely devoted Twitter eggs seized on and callously criticized ad nauseum. It was crazy for me, because Im used to just getting up and powering through it and thats what I thought I could do. It turns out I couldnt, so I took a few days off and actually, I think it was good, said Hillary. I got a chance to reflect on this crazy campaign that were involved in and decided that Im going to talk about what I think needs to happen to help people, and try to stay away from all the negative insult stuff that goes back and forth.Then, guest and comedian addressed the elephant in the room: Fallons softer-than-baby-thighs interview with Trump.This is a really consequential electionjust in case you were wondering, quipped Hillary. When Fallon offered that hed had Trump on the show a few days ago, she added, Oh, I heard that, grin and side-eye included.The two then ran down a bit where Fallon went through made-up items that Trump had left in his dressing room after the showincluding a photo of Putin in a heart frame. The most famous bromance going, joked Hillary. Besides me and Timberlake, Fallon shot back. But Justins worthy of your attention. Last I checked, he hadnt killed off his adversaries, replied Hillary, who was recently hosted by Timberlake and his wife, Jessica Biel, at their home for a fundraiserreplacing the headline-grabbing Leonardo DiCaprio.Hillary then removed a bag of literal softballs from the Trump found items stash. He left these for you: softballs, Clinton joked to Fallon.No, that was my gift to him! Fallon added. Ill give them to you later in the interview. Once the pleasantries subsided, Hillary went back on-message, hitting Trump for his recentand incredibly lame and unapologeticadmission that President Obama was born in the United States. This came, of course, after Trump led a racist birther crusade against Obama for five straight years, while also claiming not only that Hillary started birtherism (a lie), but that hed done the president a favor by badgering him into producing his long-form birth certificate (note: Trump still continued the birtherism until as recently as this year). Your former guest, Donald Trump, has refused to actually admit that President Obama is an Americanborn in Americaand for five years hes been hammering in this so-called birther movement, which I think is so sickening, said Hillary. And then he went after a distinguished federal judge because he was born in Indiana of Mexican heritage, called him a Mexican. He went after the Gold Star family whose son was heroically lost in Iraq because theyre Muslims. You just have to take a deep breath and say to yourself, What kind of country do we really want? and I want a country where barriers are knocked down, and little girls and little boys can feel like they can go as far as their hard work will take them without regard to race, and ethnicity, and gender, and sexual orientation, and all of that. Hillary also touched on another NBC snafu: Matt Lauers accusatory interview with her during the networks recent Commander-in-Chief Forum while glad-handing Trump. After the interview, GOP chairman Reince Priebus criticized Clinton on Twitter for not smiling enoughyou know, that thing out-of-touch, sexist men tell women on the street because they feel theyre entitled to female subservience. Its especially tricky for women. It just is, because theres a lot of serious things, Hillary said of being frequently condemned for coming off too hard or too soft. The other night I was on a show and being asked about ISIS and Iran, and I was serious. These are important issues that the country needs to talk about. And the Republicans were saying, Oh, she looks so serious. Well, you dont talk about ISIS with a big grin on your face! Theyre a barbaric, evil group that we have to defeat and wipe out. But it is a constant balancing act. How do you keep the energy and the positive spirit while taking seriously what you need to? Later on, Hillary focused on Trumps supposed pivot under the guidance of Kellyanne Conway, reading from projectors and refusing to field questions from the press, thus holding his crazy in check (except on Twitter, of course). Hes trying to somehow convince people to forget everything hes said and done, and I dont think that hes going to get away with that, said Hillary. Maya Angelou has this great line. I admired her so much and I was fortunate to get to know her. She said, When someone shows you who he is, believe them the first time.