Former late-night host David Letterman is not mincing words when it comes to Donald Trump.
Letterman calls out Trump for his controversial behaviour on the campaign trail, telling The New York Times the Republican candidate should be “shunned” for his actions.
“Right out of the box, he goes after immigrants and how they’re drug dealers and they’re rapists. And everybody swallows hard,” Letterman says. “And they think, Oh, well, somebody”ll take him aside and say, ‘Don, don’t do that,’ but it didn’t happen.”
“And then, I can remember him doing an impression, behind a podium, of a reporter for The New York Times who has a congenital disorder,” he continues. “And then I thought, If this was somebody else – if this was a member of your family or a next-door neighbour, a guy at work – you would immediately distance yourself from that person. And that’s what I thought would happen. 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.”
The now-retired Letterman is all too familiar with Trump, having had him on the “Late Show” over the years, calling the “big, billionaire blowhard” the “perfect guest” before he began his run for the White House.
“Nobody took him seriously, and people loved him when he would come on the show,” he recalls. “I would make fun of his hair, I would call him a slumlord, I would make fun of his ties. And he could just take a punch like nothing.”
While the 69-year-old Letterman’s opinion of Trump has changed, he says he’d definitely have a go at him if he were still in the late-night business.
“If I had a show, I would have gone right after him,” Letterman explains. “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?’ … 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.”