Jimmy Fallon finally found something in common with the NFL: President Trump tweets too much about both of them.
The “Tonight Show” host, who recently said he didn’t intend to “humanize” Trump with his controversial hair-ruffling interview in September 2016, found himself on the receiving end of a presidential tweet Sunday night when Trump told him to ‘”be a man.”
Although Fallon responded briefly that evening with an announcement that he would be making a donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) in the President’s name, he used his own bully pulpit to properly reply Monday.
“Before we begin, I just wanna give a shoutout to our show’s No. 1 fan: the President of the United States! As you may have heard, last night, the President of the United States went after me on Twitter. So, Melania, if you’re watching, I don’t think your anti-bullying campaign is working,” Fallon said in his opening monologue.
“When I saw that Trump insulted me on Twitter, I was gonna tweet back immediately, but I thought, ‘I have more important things to do.’ Then I thought, ‘Wait, shouldn’t he have more important things to do?’ ”
Fallon, who has never before gone up against an antagonistic Trump, unlike his late-show colleagues, joked about the huge honor.
“That’s real. It’s crazy,” he said about the tweet. “The President went after me on Twitter. It’s pretty much the only thing I have in common with NFL players.”
The host also denied that he had ever thanked Trump for his “monster ratings,” which the President had alleged in his tweet.
Earlier in the night, Trump continued his attack on the “Tonight Show” host during a rally for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster.
“He looks like a lost soul. But you know what, he’s a nice guy. I agreed to do his show, and because, I guess, I was running at the time, he got tremendous ratings on that show. Killed everybody, right? He should be thankful. He shouldn’t be upset and angry,” the President rambled.