“They wanted me to apologize” when he announced his candidacy, Trump reminisced tonight in his first late-night appearance since announcing his candidacy in June. Among those wanting Trump to apologize: the network on which Fallon’s show is broadcast. Soon after, NBCUniversal announced it had severed its relationship with him over his controversial candidacy-announcement comments about immigrants coming over the Mexico border, dumping the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageant broadcasts, and taking steps to end its co-ownership with Trump on the franchises.
“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” the company said way back then.
“But, ultimately it turned out I was right and now people reporting on me are saying ‘thank you very much’,” Trump said tonight. ” I will absolutely apologize some time in the distant future, if I am ever wrong.”
Just this morning, Trump buried the hatchet with NBC in time for tonight’s appearance on the country’s most popular late-night program:
Trump’s visit to Tonight kicked off with him doing a mirror skit with Fallon, in which both men sat at a mirror, Fallon dressed as Trump.
“Me interviewing me – that’s what I call a great idea,” Actual Trump said.
“How will you create jobs in this country?” Fallon Trump asked.
“I’m just going to do it,” Actual Trump responded.
“Right. But how?” wondered Fallon Trump.
“By doing it. It just happens,” Actual Trump said.
Actual Trump began to speak of cutting government spending, lowering corporate taxes, etc.
“I”m sorry. I wasn’t paying attention. I was too busy staring at myself. I’m like a beautiful god who just took a bath in pumpkin spice latte,” Fallon Trump admitted.
After the break, Fallon came back out as himself and actually interviewed Trump, wondering how he got to this point, aka GOP front runner in White House bid. “People want to be respected again. We’re not going to be scoffed and laughed at. They feel I’ll be able to do that. It’s almost like a movement,” he said, adding “There’s a movement going on that’s amazing to watch and it’s beautiful. The people love this country.”
From here, Trump moves on, late-night-wise, to Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show on September 22. Meanwhile, Fallon’s playing host to Hillary Clinton on September 16 – the night of CNN’s GOP debate.