UPDATE with video: Comedy is hard, as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton demonstrated tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
“I am going to be your secret weapon, because I’m going to help you win this election, no problem,” Kimmel told Clinton as she made her second visit of the election cycle to his ABC late-night show.
Kimmel offered to help “man-splain” campaign speech-giving to the political veteran, then asked if she understood the expression.
“Yeah, that’s when a man explains something to a woman in a patronizing way,” Clinton responded. “Actually, it’s when a man explains something to a woman in a condescending way. But you were close,” he joked.
After criticizing her outfit, he put her in front of a dais, and directed her to begin giving one of her stump speeches, but quickly interrupted. “You’re shouting, you’re too loud. You don’t have to shout like that, it hurts my ear. It comes off as little shrill for men. That’s all… I mean, you’re making a speech, not an arrest. So just tone it down and try it again.”
This seemed, somehow, familiar…
Others noticed too. Anyway, Kimmel continued to “scold” Clinton, Clinton continued to look uncomfortable, and we continued to wonder which of her campaign staffers had signed off on having her participate in this sketch.
“Don’t smile like that; it’s too forced,” Kimmel said during one of many interruptions to her speech. “It looks like you’re faking it….do you want to be president, or do you want to be a Lakers Girl,” added the bravest host in late-night TV.
Later, he told her to “try again, and be careful with the face.”
“It’s like nothing I ever do is right,” Clinton faux-complained.
“Exactly. You’re not doing it right. I can’t quite put my finger on it. But something is…. you’re not umm…”
“A man?” Clinton asked.
Tonight’s appearance comes two days before Democratic caucuses in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington.
“I know you’ve done all the late-night shows — I want to thank you for doing us last,” Jimmy Kimmel said in November when his show became the latest stop on the Dem presidential hopeful’s charm offensive – Clinton’s carefully formulated plan to become more spontaneous and genuine by marching through the late-night TV landscape.
Clinton’s Kimmel visit tonight follows by two days her Dem opponent Bernie Sanders, who paid a call hours after ISIS took credit for the Brussels bombings to say, “We can’t let the [Donald] Trumps of the world use these incidents to attack all of the Muslim people in the world.”
Americans favor tough-talking candidates after attacks – Trump’s numbers shot up after Paris – because “people get afraid, and for good reasons,” Sanders said. “ISIS is a disgusting and barbaric organization, and we have seen what they have done in Paris, what they have done in Brussels, and they’re afraid of an attack in the United States.”