Updated with video: Hillary Clinton, when not tweeting snark about the GOP debate tonight, was taping her visit to NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Early reports say she participated in a phone-call sketch in which Fallon dressed up as Donald Trump, and went like this:
Hillary: Hello, who’s this?
Fallon/Trump: Congratulations! You’re speaking to Donald Trump. … I haven’t seen you since my last wedding.
Hillary: Well. I’m sure I’ll see you at the next one.
Fallon/Trump: I just finished the GOP debate. I was fantastic. Everyone loved me. … I know you’re about to do your interview with Jimmy Fallon. But he’s a total lightweight. I’m going to do him a favor and interview you instead. You recently said, “Mr. Trump insults and dismisses women.” But tell me, what would you do to help women in this country?
Hillary: Donald, I’ve spent my entire career fighting for women’s rights. I’ll push for equal pay in the workplace, I’ll protect women’s health and reproductive rights, and I’ll make quality, affordable childcare a reality for families. That’s what I believe in. That’s what I’m fighting for. I’m curious. What’s your stance on women’s issues?
Fallon/Trump: I know a lot of women, and they all haves issues.
Later Fallon/Trump takes issue with her response to one of his questions.
Fallon/Trump: See, you sound like a robot. “Bleep, blop blorp, does not compute.” You wanna win, here’s what you gotta do. First: Yell. I yell all the time. In fact, this phone isn’t even plugged in. I’m just yelling, and you’re hearing me. Next: Pick three things everyone loves, and say you hate them. Puppies? Stupid. Rainbows? Total losers. Fall foliage? Tree puberty. Are you writing all this down?
Hillary: Hold on, lemme just grab my pen. (She picks up a glass of white wine and drinks). OK, Donald, I got it.
White House hopefuls are movie-star hot on late-night talk shows since that first GOP debate on Fox News Channel clocked 24 million viewers. Last week, Clinton chose The Tonight Show on which to make her first late-night appearance since announcing her White House run. Tonight‘s announcement of the booking came in the wake of a report of a Clinton campaign reboot to showcase her humor and heart.
Clinton’s appearance also comes two nights before rival Bernie Sanders, who has been gaining on her in some polls, guests on CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.