Although retired, some habits die hard for former late night show host David Letterman. He’s always been full of zingers for the audience when it comes to his old foil, the now President Donald Trump.
In an interview published online Sunday night, 69-year-old Letterman told told New York Magazine’s Vulture that he’s always thought of Trump as such:
“…if you’re going to have New York City, you gotta have a Donald Trump.”
Letterman says he’s always considered Trump to be a “joke of a wealthy guy.” The late night show host and his staff never took him seriously. As soon as he’s sit down on the stage, good ole’ Dave would make fun of him, saying:
“He was big and doughy, and you could beat him up.”
During the interview, David Letterman was asked how he would handle Trump, who’s now being dubbed the Tweeter-in-Chief. Letterman said he’s simply start with a list:
“You did this. You did that. Don’t you feel stupid for having done that, Don? And who’s this goon Steve Bannon, and why do you want a white supremacist as one of your advisers? Come on, Don, we both know you’re lying. Now, stop it.”
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“I think I would be in the position to give him a bit of a scolding and he would have to sit there and take it,” he added.
Letterman, who had Trump on his show dozens of times before hanging up the mic in 2015, told Vulture, “The man has such thin skin that if you keep pressure on him . . . eventually Trump’s going to take a fastball off the sternum and have to leave the game.”
That’s why he’s such a fan of Alec Baldwin and his “Saturday Night Live” impersonation — which has caused a number of late-night Twitter rants from the President.
“Alec Baldwin deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Sadly he’s not going to get it from this President,” Letterman said.
Trump’s minions also got some ribbing as Letterman roasted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, senior advisor Stephen Miller and Vice President Mike Pence.
As for his opinion on the current crop of late-night hosts, including his replacement Stephen Colbert, the funnyman said he doesn’t stay up to watch them.
He did see Jimmy Fallon’s viral clip of him ruffling the then-candidate’s hair in a light-hearted interview.
“I don’t want to criticize Jimmy Fallon, but I can only tell you what I would have done in that situation: I would have gone to work on Trump,” Letterman said.
“But the thing about it is, you don’t have to concoct a complicated satirical premise to joke about Donald Trump. It’s not, ‘Two guys walk into a bar …’ ”