How Jimmy Fallon Responded To Trump's Tweet Telling Him To 'Be A Man'

The host said he regretted their 2016 interview.

On Sunday night, Jimmy Fallon had a simple response to President Donald Trump's tweet about him. The Tonight Show host recently expressed his regret over his playful interview with the then-candidate during the 2016 election, in which he infamously ruffled Trump's hair.


"I did not do it to 'normalize' him or to say I believe in his political beliefs or any of that stuff," Fallon told The Hollywood Reporter of the public's response to the interview. He added,  "I'm sorry. I don't want to make anyone angry — I never do and I never will. It's all in the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I'm sorry if I made anyone mad. And, looking back, I would do it differently."

In response to the recent interview, Trump tweeted that Fallon was "whimpering" about the incident, telling him to "be a man." A few hours later, Fallon addressed the president's tweet, saying he would be making a donation of an unspecified amount to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) "in his name."

RAICES provides "free and low-cost legal services" to immigrants in Texas. As Vulture points out, a recent Facebook campaign has raised more than $20 million for the organization in an effort to help reunite immigrant families, as thousands of children were recently separated from their parents at the border under Trump's immigration policy.

Fallon isn't the only one to "honor" Trump with a donation to help immigrants. Earlier this month, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend donated $288,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for Trump's birthday. The donation was made up of $72,000 for each member of their family, to mark Trump turning 72. 

RAICES responded to Fallon's announced donation on Twitter Sunday night, writing, "It's hard to #resist supporting reuniting families." The host previously used his platform to speak out against hate after the violence in Charlottesville last year, criticizing the president's response.

(H/T: Mashable)

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