‘We elected a guy with that hair?’: Letterman takes aim at ‘Trumpy’

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Alec Baldwin, whose impersonations of US president Donald Trump have become must-watch television, deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom, says former late night talk show king David Letterman.

“Sadly, he’s not going to get it from this president,” he adds.

Letterman, who was a prominent figure in American late night TV for 33 years, offered Baldwin high praise in a wide-ranging interview with New Yorker magazine in which he took clear aim at America’s commander-in-chief.

“Trump’s the president and he can lie about anything from the time he wakes up to what he has for lunch and he’s still the president; I don’t get that,” says Letterman.

“I’m tired of people being bewildered about everything he says,” Letterman adds. “We gotta stop that and instead figure out ways to protect ourselves from him.”

The 69-year-old US television legend, who retired in 2015, says he has known Trump since the 1980s and would not easily have been swayed by his new-found presidential “fame”.

“I was one of a few people who had routinely interviewed him,” Letterman says. “I’m not blinded by the white-hot light of ‘president-elect.’ I mean, we elected a guy with that hair?”

In those days, Letterman says, Trump was generally regarded as a “joke of a wealthy guy”.

“We didn’t take him seriously,” Letterman says. “He’d sit down and I would just start making fun of him. He never had any retort.

“He was big and doughy and you could beat him up,” Letterman added. “He seemed to have a good time and the audience loved it and that was Donald Trump.”

Letterman also revealed he and his 13-year-old son Harry refer to Trump as “Trumpy”.

In the interview with journalist David Marchese, Letterman criticised Trump’s anti-media agenda and described his chief strategist Steve Bannon as “the Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

“How is a white supremacist the chief adviser to our president?” Letterman says. “Did anybody look that up?”

Letterman also described press secretary Sean Spicer as “a boob who just got out of a cab and now here he is” and senior adviser Stephen Miller as “creepy”.

Miller is the presidential adviser who told a US interviewer in a shrill tone: “Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

Letterman noted presidential adviser (and former Trump campaign manager) Kellyanne Conway was a favourite.

“This thing about her telling everyone, go buy Ivanka’s shoes. Then they had to counsel her. Boy, if this administration decides you need counselling, whoa.”

Letterman also took aim at the administration’s targeting of transgender students.

“Are you kidding me? You’re a human, I’m a human. We’re breathing the same air,” he said. “Who the f— are you to throw a log in the road of somebody who has a different set of difficulties in life?”

A portion of the conversation between Letterman and Marchese was dedicated to the present landscape of late night talk shows, many of which use political satire as drawcard.

Notably, The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon was criticised for what was seen as a soft interview with Trump.

“It’s like criticising a penguin for not flying,” Letterman said of the interview, suggesting he felt Fallon’s hosting style was not naturally combative.

“I can only tell you what I would have done in that situation: I would have gone to work on Trump,” Letterman adds.

“But the thing about it is, you don’t have to concoct a complicated satirical premise to joke about Donald Trump.”

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