Not many viewers are happy with Jimmy Fallon's idea of fun and feel his all-chummy attitude while interviewing Donald Trump was uncalled for.
Incredibly disappointed by exposure major networks are giving Trump in exchange for ratings. His hate ideology is no joke. #FallonTonight— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) September 16, 2016
No amount of hand washing is gonna get that Orange Cheeto goop off your hand or restore your dignity, Jimmy Fallon. #FallonTonight— Me. I Love Tacos (@teetads) September 16, 2016
@KatyTurNBC I will never watch Jimmy Fallon again. That's how strongly I feel about humanizing a monster— Empty the Basket (@puppymnkey) September 16, 2016
Jimmy Fallon's brand is "Everything is Awesome!" which is great until "everything" turns out to include the rise of xenophobic fascism— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) September 16, 2016
Fallon also joked with Trump about Hillary Clinton being featured in Women's Health magazine after admitting to suffering from pneumonia and asked him at the end of the interview if he could do one silly thing while the Republican presidential nominee was still a civilian — he asked if he could ruffle Donald Trump's hair.
The permission was granted and the host went ahead to fulfill his desire.
“The answer’s yes, but the people in New Hampshire, where I’m gonna be in about an hour from now, I hope they’re going to understand, OK?” Trump said.
Those criticizing feel Fallon messed up by "showering a racist with love" and "humanizing a monster" and ended up doing more harm than good.
Someone like Trump doesn't need the additional media hype. The GOP candidate has taken a slight lead in national polls. Polls in battleground states where the race is likely to be decided showed Trump now leading in Iowa, Ohio, Florida and Nevada, and tied in North Carolina.
Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, said the candidate and her aides expected the contest to be close.
"We always expected the race to tighten up, we still feel like we’re in a strong position with organizational advantage in Florida and Ohio," she told reporters. "They call these states battlegrounds for a reason."
Of course, Jimmy Fallon is ultimately an entertainer. No one is mistaking him for Walter Cronkite. But if this election shows us anything, it's that the rule book is gone. Even Fallon needs to recognize his responsibility to hold Trump accountable for his racist, xenophobic rantings and the outright lies he spews. He should not prop up such a person. And if Fallon is not prepared to do so, book another guest.