Jimmy Fallon’s Full Body Rubdown of a Hatemonger

From The Guardian:

On Thursday, Jimmy Fallon had Donald Trump on the Tonight Show and ended the segment by saying, “Donald I want to ask you, because the next time I see you you could be the President of the United States. I just want to know if there is something we could do that’s just not really presidential, really – can I mess your hair up?” Trump let him and the NBC audience roared with laughter. But, for many of us, this is very far from being a joke.

Giving comic cover to Trump just isn’t funny when he’s unleashed forces of anti-blackness and anti-immigrant sentiment. He’s labelled Mexicans rapists, raised the prospect of a ban on Muslims, patronized and insulted African Americans while pretending to be a potential new hope. As a result, Fallon managed to come over as one powerful white man protecting another.

Not only was it not funny. It didn’t do anything to take Trump down a notch (if it was even meant to). Instead, it humanized him, boosting him on that stupid metric so many Americans use when choosing a president: “Hey, he’s a guy I’d want to have a beer with! Look at him, letting Fallon have fun with him!”

Fallon had real power last night and squandered it. I can’t imagine Chelsea Handler, Trevor Noah or the recently departed Larry Wilmore building up Trump like that.

I don’t watch late night tv shows at all. I have posted some clever clips from Fallon’s show in the past however. This will be the last one I post. Trump spews nothing but hate. I never agree with GOP candidates on policies but McCain and Romney (and even Bush for that matter) didn’t seem like terrible people. I’ve never seen a presidential candidate who is within a few electoral votes of actually being president in my lifetime who has spread as much hatred and incivility as Trump. And he does it on a daily basis. Check out these tweets just from the past few hours:

Petulant insults and a subtle death threat on his opponent’s life and all within 24 hours? Fuck you Jimmy Fallon for rubbing his head like he’s some cuddly harmless buddy. He’s a monster and needs to be treated as such. Take a lesson from Seth Meyers on how to belittle the guy and still be funny:

Trump: If Clinton Hates Guns, Take Bodyguards’ Away and ‘Let’s See What Happens to Her’

From Mediaite:

Donald Trump tonight again went after Hillary Clinton on the subject of guns and saying she should disarm her bodyguards and see what happens.

He said that CLinton “wants to destroy the Second Amendment” and said, “She goes around with armed bodyguards like you have never seen before. I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons, they should disarm.”

Congressional Black Caucus Reacts to Trump’s Birther Walkback

They didn’t pull any punches:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Friday called Donald Trump a “disgusting fraud” and demanded that he apologize to President Barack Obama for repeatedly challenging the first African-American president’s U.S. citizenship before retreating from the claim on Friday.

One by one, outraged members of the CBC denounced the Republican presidential nominee who for five years was the chief promoter of the false notion that Obama was born somewhere other than Hawaii. Trump said in a brief statement Friday morning that Obama was “born in the United States, period.”

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., called Trump a “two-bit racial arsonist” who has fanned the flames of bigotry and hatred. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., called Trump a “disgusting fraud” who had no proof of his false claims. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said Trump is a liar.

Trump’s Son Is Afraid That if Trump Releases Tax Return, People Will See It

And what’s up with CNN playing a video automatically on every link?

Donald Trump’s son argued his father can’t release his tax returns because that would allow voters to scrutinize them in a way that would detract from the candidate’s main message. That’s contrary to what the Republican presidential nominee has said about not releasing them because they are being audited.

Donald Trump, Jr. was asked by the Tribune-Review in Pennsylvania why his father won’t publicly disclose his tax returns as candidates in both parties — including rival Hillary Clinton — have traditionally done.

David Duke: “Good To See” Mike Pence Reject Media’s Game


Glad to see the GOP’s basket of deplorables making HRC’s case for her:

Louisiana Senate candidate and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke says he’s pleased that vice presidential nominee Mike Pence declined to call him “deplorable” in an interview on Monday.

“It’s good to see an individual like Pence and others start to reject this absolute controlled media,” Duke told BuzzFeed News. “The truth is that the Republican Party in Louisiana — I received the vast majority of Republican votes for United States senator before and for governor before that in my state. The truth is the Republican Party is big tent. I served in the Republican caucus. I was in the Republican caucus in the legislature. I had a perfect Republican voting record. It’s ridiculous that they attack me because of my involvement in that nonviolent Klan four decades ago.”