David Letterman said voters should have shunned Donald Trump after he mocked a reporter’s disability during a rally.
In an interview with the New York Times, the former late night host said he would have “gone after” the Republican nominee if he still had a show. (RELATED: David Letterman Is Completely Unrecognizable Now That He’s Retired)
“I can remember him doing an impression, behind a podium, of a reporter for The New York Times who has a congenital disorder,” Letterman said. “And then I thought, if this was somebody else — if this was a member of your family or a next-door neighbor, a guy at work — you would immediately distance yourself from that person. And that’s what I thought would happen. Because if you can do that in a national forum, that says to me that you are a damaged human being. If you can do that, and not apologize, you’re a person to be shunned.”
“If I had a show, I would have gone right after him,” he continued. “I would have said something like, ‘Hey, nice to see you. Now, let me ask you: what gives you the right to make fun of a human who is less fortunate, physically, than you are?’ And maybe that’s where it would have ended.”
“Because I don’t know anything about politics. I don’t know anything about trade agreements. I don’t know anything about China devaluing the yuan. But if you see somebody who’s not behaving like any other human you’ve known, that means something. They need an appointment with a psychiatrist. They need a diagnosis and they need a prescription.”
Letterman predicted that Hillary Clinton will crush Trump in November.
“I kept telling people he will absolutely not get elected,” he said. (RELATED: You’re Going To Want To Watch David Letterman’s Last Opening Monologue)
“And then David Brooks said he’ll get the nomination and he will be crushed in the general election. And I thought: Yeah, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. I stand by that. The thing about Trumpy was, I think people just were amused enough about him to keep him afloat in the polls, because nobody wanted the circus to pull up and leave town.”