Hillary Rodham Clinton made several jokey jabs at GOP rival Donald Trump Wednesday during an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” saying that she’s enjoying the flamboyant showman’s campaign.
“I think he’s going to go as long as he wants to go, and more power to him. … He’s making the most of it. I’m having…a good time watching it. I find it amazing,” Clinton said when asked by host Jimmy Fallon how long Trump would last in the election.
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“Imagine, all of a sudden you’re in the Kremlin and somebody comes rushing in and goes, ‘Oh my God did you hear what President Trump said today?’ … It might actually cause everybody else to just calm down.”
Clinton appearance on Fallon is part of an attempt to soften her image as her standing in national polls continues to fall amid ongoing questions about her use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state. Her campaign has spoken openly about attempting to show voters a more human side of Clinton.
In one instance, Fallon interviewed Clinton in a phone call while pretending to be Donald Trump. Midway through that faux-interview, Clinton reached for a glass of white wine.
“See, you sound like a robot,” Fallon told Clinton, still in costume. “You wanna win, here’s what you gotta do: first, yell.” The segment ended as the two danced in place to “Cheerleader” by Omi.
Fallon asked about the uproar over her e-mails
“Can I just talk about the e-mail scandal?” Fallon asked.
“Sure!” responded Clinton, as if surprised.
The former secretary of state stressed that she took responsibility for the confusion over the e-mails but played down the possibility that the use of a private server compromised classified information.
“Most people have gotten bored after reading like 10 or 12 because they’re boring,” she told Fallon. She added again later, “The stuff that’s in it I think is really boring people, which kind of hurts my feelings.”
“The headline should be: Grandma knows how to use an e-mail,” said Fallon.
Jose A. DelReal covers national politics for The Washington Post.