Former President Donald Trump discussed the border wall, “fake news” and the state of late-night television in an exclusive interview on Friday on “Gutfeld!” “
Trump noted that it took his administration two and a half years to start building the border wall, but his border policies have slowed the flow of illegal immigrants and substances like fentanyl across the southern border.
“I think frankly now we get a lot more credit than I was when I was there because they see how bad it is,” the former president said.
“One of the things I quit was fentanyl to a large extent,” he continued. “I’ve had it down 81%, that’s a huge amount. Now it’s three times, four times what it was. ”
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Trump also took credit for coining and making popular the term “fake news,” which host Greg Gutfeld called one of the most important phrases of this generation.
“It stuck, and you know how long it took to stick?” Trump asked. “About 24 hours. ”
Trump and Gutfeld also discussed the change in late-night television, both noting that most shows are “no longer funny.”
“They replaced humor with anger and what’s called ‘clapter’,” Gutfeld said. “They want people to applaud their opinions, not their jokes. ”
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Trump recalled his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” where he let Fallon touch his hair to prove it was real. Fallon drew criticism after the interview for introducing Trump and later apologized.
“It’s never been the same,” Gutfeld said, pointing to the sharp drop in grades Fallon saw after apologizing for the incident.
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Trump also pointed out the difference in how he was treated before and after his run for president, sharing a story of the first time he was booed at an event, noting the shock of his wife, Melania.
“This is what happens when you get into politics,” Trump said.