Jimmy Fallon gushes in interview with Hillary Clinton: "This is a historic night for me to have you here"

Fallon was criticized last week for going easy on Trump. But, in his defense, he gave equal treatment to Clinton

Published September 20, 2016 12:38PM (EDT)

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon on Monday interviewed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Fallon — not known for asking tough questions — was criticized last week for humanizing Donald Trump by mussing the GOP presidential nominee's signature pompadour in a softball interview on Thursday.

In that sense, Fallon showed no partisanship on Monday, gushing over Clinton's canned answers to questions like, "When you were a little girl, did you ever dream of being president?"

"No, it wasn't even within the realm of the possible for little girls back then," she responded. "That's what's so exciting about this campaign is because we have slowly but steadily knocked down all the barriers."

Trump is "not happy the barriers are being knocked down," she added, noting he "has refused to actually admit that President Obama is an American born in America. And for five years he's been hammering in this so-called birther movement, which I think is so sickening."

"I have two little girls," Fallon responded. "And I know they're gonna be so psyched that I interviewed you one day, they're gonna be asking me about you. So this is a historic night for me to have you here."

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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