David Letterman once enjoyed having Donald Trump as a guest…but now has come out in an interviewing explaining just how dangerous Trump is.
In an interview with The New York Times, Letterman explains that he used to have Trump as a guest a lot, because he enjoyed his blowhard New Yorker “persona.” He apparently thought that when Trump came out of the campaign gate with the message that Mexicans are rapists, someone would take him aside and explain that’s not an appropriate political platform. But no one did.
And then Trump decided to mock a reporter with a congenital musculoskeletal disorder, and refused to apologize. Letterman then realized there wasn’t much left to joke about, saying, “Because if you can do that in a national forum, that says to me that you are a damaged human being. If you can do that, and not apologize, you’re a person to be shunned.”
If I had a show, I would have gone right after him. I would have said something like, “Hey, nice to see you. Now, let me ask you: what gives you the right to make fun of a human who is less fortunate, physically, than you are?” And maybe that’s where it would have ended. Because I don’t know anything about politics. I don’t know anything about trade agreements. I don’t know anything about China devaluing the yuan. But if you see somebody who’s not behaving like any other human you’ve known, that means something. They need an appointment with a psychiatrist. They need a diagnosis and they need a prescription.
Letterman has directly confronted Trump about his hypocrisy in the past, and for people who defended Jimmy Fallon by saying he was just doing his job, Letterman’s jabs definitely made for good television: