Hillary Clinton stopped by The Tonight Show Wednesday, providing a chaser after the maddening — or intoxicating — second GOP debate, but the Democratic front-runner’s appearance did have one thing in common with the Republican melee: Donald Trump.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon bronzed-up, wig-ed out and impersonated Trump in a fake phone conversation in which he offered Clinton some patented presidential advice. While the bit gave Clinton the chance to stump on issues like women’s rights and immigration, she played along with Fallon’s outlandish advice, such as yell, or pick three things people love then disparage them.
“Puppies, stupid,” Fallon cracked. “Rainbows, total losers. Fall foliage, tree puberty. Are you writing all this down?”
“Uhh, hold on, let me grab my pen,” Clinton replied, slyly reaching for a glass of wine.
Clinton even got a chance to roast Trump’s oft-ridiculed hair when Fallon started joking about Bernie Sanders’ own wild follicles. “Well, at least he doesn’t have just one strand that he twirls over his head like a soft serve at Dairy Queen!” Clinton said with a grin.
Trump, however, did not disappear when Clinton sat down with Fallon for a proper interview. Clinton admitted with a laugh that she was “having a good time watching” the real estate mogul’s campaign. “I’m just sitting there thinking, all of a sudden you’re in the Kremlin and somebody comes rushing in and goes, ‘Oh my gosh, did you hear what President Trump said today?!'” Clinton said. “It might actually cause everybody else to just calm down because they wouldn’t want it to get too excitable.”
Clinton also offered up her own Trump impression after Fallon asked about a dig he made about her reliance on teleprompters. Clinton said prompters served a purpose, citing Barack Obama’s success in communicating his messages exactly how he wants; then she deepened her voice and continued: “But I could go more stream of consciousness. You know, this is a huge election! You never know what might happen! Let’s get rid of the people that don’t agree with us and only talk to the people who do!”
But Clinton did address her own campaign, opening up about the contents of the e-mails sent from a private server while she was Secretary of State. Clinton made a quick crack about the already famous Gefilte fish e-mail and explained how certain documents were retroactively classified, but weren’t secret when she sent them. “The stuff that’s in it, I think is really boring people, which kind of hurts my feelings,” Clinton joked.
Finally, Clinton chatted about her recent selfie with Kim Kardashian (and Kanye West) and weathered a rapid-fire interview with Fallon. On her campaign’s defining issue: “Raising American’s incomes.” On making college more affordable: “If you go to a public college or university, you will not have to borrow money to pay tuition. And I have plan to lower the debt, reduce the interest rates, give people more of a chance to pay it off by doing some kind of service, and put a date certain where you’re done.”
And, on where Clinton sees herself in five years: “Sitting right here talking about running for reelection.”