Real life not-a-joke-even-if-it-seemed-that-way-for-so-long presidential nominee in the year 2016 in this beautiful experiment in democracy we call America Donald Trump appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to talk all things Election 2016. The thing making the most headlines today is his seeming acceptance of Bernie Sanders's challenge to debate him next month before the California primary.
Although he had otherwise sworn off primary debates in recent months as he cruised to the GOP nomination, Trump said "yes" he was willing to debate Sanders—but he did have one caveat: "How much is he going to pay me?" Trump asked. "Because if I debated him, we would have such high ratings and I think I should take that money and give it to some worthy charity. If he paid a nice sum for a charity I would love to do that."
Sanders' team was eager to jump on the opportunity:
Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 26, 2016
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) May 26, 2016
With The Weeknd and Belly dropping out of playing Kimmel last night because of Trump's appearance, the whole show turned into nearly 90 minutes of nonstop air time for Mr. Ambulatory Spray Tan. Kimmel made "helpful" suggestions about Trump's VP selection process:
Trump got to talk out of both sides of his mouth about transgender bathroom laws:
Look, I don't really want to watch any more of these clips, it's depressing enough that Trump has now secured the number of delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination, but maybe you are interested in listening to him lie about being his own PR spokesman, or brag about his celebrity supporters:
Perhaps you have been on vacation in a remote part of the world for the last five months and haven't already heard Trump try to spin years of positive comments about Hillary Clinton. This clip is for you then!
Maybe you just can't get enough of Trump's incredible nicknaming abilities; "Little Marco" is just so clever! Here's how that sausage gets made:
Or maybe you only scrolled down this far because you are a Jimmy Kimmel superfan (...those must exist, right?) and you don't care about the interviews, you just want to see Kimmel be Kimmel by doing what he does best: lying to strangers on the street, sending Trump fans to Bernie Sanders rallies, and dressing children up as Trump. What content! What wit! What hilarity! What free advertising!
For what it's worth, I just learned that it's funniest if you play all three of those videos at the same time.