While the Republican presidential candidates were being grilled in the second GOP debate in California, Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton was in New York for The Tonight Show, making her first late-night appearance since announcing her presidential campaign.
Clinton kicked off the show with a sketch in which she was interviewed by Jimmy Fallon dressed as Donald Trump. She also proved her pop culture savvy when Fallon asked about her selfie with reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
“Did you who Kim Kardashian was?” Fallon asked. Clinton responded, “Of course I did,” and called Kim and Kanye “delightful.”
The choice to do The Tonight Show — with its fun and games and nonaggressive host – allowed the Clinton campaign to show a more casual, relatable side of the Democratic candidate; earlier this month Clinton appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she showed off some dance moves and chatted with a 5-year-old.
In addition to taking selfies, Clinton also has been active on social media sites like Twitter and Vine. “I actually like it,” she told Fallon. “I think it’s a great way for people to feel like they’re sharing ideas. They’re part of a bigger community than you could ever be in reality.”
Clinton and Fallon touched upon several political issues, all with a light-hearted spin. Much of the conversation revolved around Trump, and like the sketch, it was more about poking fun at his persona than criticizing his politics. Clinton did her own Trump impression and let Fallon touch her hair after asking if he’d ever touched Trump’s. She also addressed the ongoing email controversy, but focused mostly on how boring and mundane the emails were.
Toward the end, the topic turned to a more serious note as Fallon asked about her campaign goals. Clinton identified raising Americans’ incomes as her primary campaign issue and spoke of her plans to make college more affordable. Fallon ended the interview by asking Clinton where she sees herself in five years, to which she responded, “If you agree, sitting right here talking about running for reelection.”
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