Over the years, David Letterman had many entertaining exchanges on his Late Night show with presidential candidate Donald Trump.
In a new interview to promote his role in the National Geographic series Years of Living Dangerously, Letterman said he assumed that voters would distance themselves from Trump early in the campaign after he labeled Mexican immigrants as rapists and mocked a reporter with a congenital disorder.
“If you can do that in a national forum, that says to me that you are a damaged human being,” Letterman said. “If you can do that, and not apologize, you’re a person to be shunned.”
Letterman reflected on having Trump as a guest on his late-night show.
“Nobody took him seriously, and people loved him when he would come on the show,” he said. “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. He was the perfect guest.”
Jimmy Fallon was recently heavily criticized for his softball interview with Trump on The Tonight Show. Letterman says he would have taken a different approach on his show.
“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?’”
“I don’t know anything about politics,” he said. “But 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.”