Jimmy Fallon and Donald Trump’s Confusing Relationship Took a Turn For the Worst on Twitter
The Tonight Show host and President Donald Trump haven’t always seen eye to eye on things, specifically Jimmy Fallon’s network, NBC Universal. Trump and NBC have a contentious, decades-long relationship that suffered the moment the infamous Access Hollywood tape surfaced.
So what are the two arguing about on Twitter? Fallon referenced an interaction with Trump as “a mistake” in his career, and Trump was quick to reply.
Fallon interviewed Trump during the presidential campaign
“This is getting real … you still have time, do you still want to do this?” Fallon asked then-presidential candidate Trump at the start of the conversation. The 2016 interview mainly stuck to superficial topics of campaign domination, Trump’s plan if he didn’t win, and, of course, his famous mop of orange/blonde hair.
Despite their discussion on the future of the country, the first few minutes of the interview were all most people would remember. “I wondered if there was something we could do … now that we’re just both civilians … could I mess your hair up?” Fallon asked, and Trump complied.
Fallon garnered a lot of heat for his “kid-gloves treatment” of the controversial candidate. Critics noted that while Fallon had the platform to ask Trump an array of difficult questions, he instead chose to playfully tousel Trump’s hair and move on.
Fallon called this moment a mistake
Fallon spoke on The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast about the moment that changed his career. ” I did not do it to ‘normalize’ him or to say I believe in his political beliefs,” Fallon said. The host received rapid-fire criticism for the tame interview. People, specifically those who found Trump an “existential threat” to the country, weren’t happy with Fallon’s admittedly softball questions and laissez-faire demeanor.
The Tonight Show host found himself having to defend his entire career as a response to one viral clip. “‘You know the grind and you know me,'” he said, addressing his peers. “Of all the people in the world, I’m one of the good people — I mean, really. You don’t even know what you’re talking about if you say that I’m evil or whatever. But people just jump on the train, and some people don’t even want to hear anything else. They’re like, ‘No, you did that!’ You go, ‘Well, just calm down and just look at the whole thing and actually see my body of work.'”
Trump tweeted at the host to ‘be a man’
The president is not one to stay silent when he feels he’s being attacked. So, naturally, he took to Twitter to mention Fallon directly. He was sure to include that Fallon “seriously messed up his hair” and claimed Fallon called him to celebrate the “monster ratings” the clip brought to NBC.
Trump has used Twitter as a platform to express his disdain for the “Fake News media” in the past. Before Fallon, his recent adversaries included whole networks like CNN, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
Fallon responded to Trump with a generous donation
Fallon tweeted out a short and simple message to his followers: “In honor of the President’s tweet I’ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name.” RAICES, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, is a Texas nonprofit that provides pro bono or low-cost legal and educational services to immigrants.
Facebook users Charlotte and Dave Willner started a “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” fundraiser solely benefitting RAICES. They’ve raised over $20 million, making it the organization’s most profitable fundraiser to date.
Visit RAICES website to donate.
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