“The Tonight Show” did a pre-taping of a segment with 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump where host Jimmy Fallon impersonated his guest. That’s right. “Donald Trump” interviewed The Donald himself. And Fallon — as Trump — even provided his guest with a “genius” solution as to how he would get Mexico to build the border wall along the southern border.
Today.com reported September 12 that Donald Trump, in his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Friday night, participated in an “interview” with the only person qualified to interview him — himself (Fallon dressed as Trump, somewhat coiffed like Trump, impersonating the billionaire businessman). Sitting at a dressing room “mirror,” Fallon/Trump conversed with his mirror image, asking him hypothetical questions that “lightweight” Fallon might ask during the actual interview.
First, Fallon/Trump asked how Trump would create jobs. Trump said, “I’ll just do it.” When asked again, Trump started sounding like a Nike commercial, repeating himself. So Fallon asked about Trump’s plans for building the wall along the Mexican border, something he said he would get the Mexicans to do (not to mention pay for it). Trump turned the tables on Fallon, noting that since he (Fallon) was Trump, he could tell him what he would do.
Without missing a beat, Fallon/Trump said, “Easy: I’ll challenge them to the biggest game of Jenga ever. I’ll make them set up the board. And then, when they finish, I’ll say, ‘I don’t wanna play anymore.'”
Trump said the idea was “genius.” Fallon/Trump replied, “I knew it was.”
Fallon/Trump even asked, if Trump got the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, would he pick actor Gary Busey as his running mate. Trump said he thought well of Busey but he would probably choose Kanye West. (Kanye West, after winning the 2015 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Awards, famously declared his candidacy for the 2020 presidency.)
Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation of Donald Trump was masterful. Of course, fans of Fallon would expect no less from the man who often does impersonations to perfection, like the time he performed Neil Young’s “Old Man” with Neil Young.
All joking aside, Donald Trump actually sat down for an interview on “The Tonight Show” after his “interview” with himself. He talked a little about running for president and noted that he felt bad for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton because she seemed to be having a hard time of late. Her poll numbers reflect it and some one-on-one polls show Trump now besting her in an election. Trump, who has weathered quite a few adverse media storms since announcing his candidacy, seems impervious scandal, though, and the latest polls show him increasing his lead over his Republican colleagues.