TVJimmy Fallon Was Always Going to (Continue to) Enable Donald Trump
The late night host palled around with Trump on The Tonight Show.
In the end, the only thing surprising about Donald Trump’s mind-numbing appearance on The Tonight Show on Thursday was that he didn't lip-sync to Metallica or play Pictionary with a member of The Roots and Keanu Reeves. Because even though Jimmy Fallon hosted Trump (whose entire breadth of fuckery was nicely recapped by our special correspondent Keith Olbermann) on the same day as Trump's 948th political controversy, it was business as usual for Fallon. Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin? That's a "bromance" in the Tonightverse. Trump's handling of Hillary Clinton's pneumonia? That was actually great, says Fallon, even if Trump's surrogates are literally telling people to google conspiracy theories about it.
Honestly, what else were we to expect from Fallon? Trump could have taken a steaming shit on the floor and Jimmy would have leaned back in his chair and guffawed in disbelief while clapping for more. This is the kind of schtick that makes Fallon so popular, with his complete lack of spine allowing him to mold himself into something inoffensive for every pocket of the U.S. television audience. I don't think anybody watching the clips from Trump's appearance thought Fallon would ask a tough question or take any kind of stand, but that doesn't make Fallon's over-the-top friendliness any less insulting to any woman, Mexican, African-American, or Muslim working on his staff.
Fallon is far from the first late-night host to sit face-to-face with Trump, but at least the others tried to put him on the spot with some legitimate questions. Jimmy Kimmel asked Trump about his position on North Carolina's HB2 legislation, his previous support of Clinton and pretending to be his own spokesman. A prescient Stephen Colbert asked Trump 11 months ago if he still thought Barack Obama was born outside of the United States. (Though Colbert really should have asked to dip his balls in Trump's mouth for charity.)
It is ultimately worthless to place any importance on a late-night talk show when it comes to our presidential election. Trump became "normalized" way before Fallon decided to tussle his hair. There are also obviously many more serious issues to focus on with Trump than how he's treated by the guy from the cork-soakers sketch. Maybe one day when Trump is our supreme leader Fallon will actually be bold enough to challenge him to a game of Drinko.