Culture Gabfest

Donald Trump Shouldn’t Have Been on The Tonight Show

Politicians are on late-night TV all the time, but Trump should have been the exception.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on September 15, 2016.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on Thursday.

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For Wednesday’s edition of the Culture Gabfest Slate Plus bonus segment, Slate’s books and culture columnist Laura Miller joins hosts Stephen Metcalf and Dana Stevens to discuss Donald Trump’s interview on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Though late-night comedy shows are known for making famous people seem charming, should Trump—who is a real threat in this year’s election—have been allowed to make that type of pop-culture appearance? Is the Twitterverse right to be outraged at Fallon’s decision to “normalize Trump’s bigotry, xenophobia, and lies”?

Hear the hosts discuss why we should treat Donald Trump differently from other politicians who have appeared on similar shows—and whether the entertainment business has a responsibility to turn its back on Trump.

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