US talk-show host Jimmy Fallon has been criticised after interviewing Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show.
Controversial billionaire-turned-politician Trump appeared on the NBC show on Thursday, chatting to host Fallon about his campaign and election bid, even letting Fallon touch his infamous hairdo.
Following the broadcast, Fallon has been roundly criticised for “selling his soul to the devil for ratings,” as one Twitter user put it. Another claimed that giving Trump airtime “humanises a monster”.
Jimmy Fallon selling his soul to the devil for ratings. #nationaldisgrace
— Elliot Jackson (@mrrobothoneysuc) September 16, 2016
Fallon doesn't seem to realize Trump crossed the line from "edgy offensive celebrity" to "genuine threat" a while ago
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) September 16, 2016
Jimmy Fallon: Don't put Trump on TV & treat him like a buddy & muss his hair. It humanizes a monster. Stop it.
— Tim O'Donnell (@TimODee16) September 16, 2016
Awww Jimmy Fallon ruffled Trump's hair and then goofed around with him for ten minutes. What a funny, adorable response to fascism!
— Birdy (@palebirdy) September 16, 2016
Trump’s election campaign has proved a controversial one to date. In June 2015, he accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists and promised to build a wall between the US and Mexico border to keep immigrants out.
Trump has also called for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States and claimed that Obama was the founder of ISIS.