Jimmy Fallon’s cold open on The Tonight Show Thursday night was dedicated to what some called President Trump’s “unhinged” press conference. The late-night host reprised his Trump impersonation to address the president’s reported connections with Russia, Michael Flynn, the new secretary of labor, and to lambast the media as “fake news.”
“Thank me and buckle up because I’m comin’ in hot,” he announced at a podium. “This is gonna be a crazy one. Daddy came to play. First of all, you’re all fake news, I hate you all very much, and thank you for being here.”
Fallon’s Trump continued to provide a blanket response to questions, even before they were asked, and a flurry of wild assumptions. “We’ve made so much progress. In fact, if you ask any American, they’ll say that I’ve managed to make the last four weeks feel like four years,” he said. “Four more weeks! Four more weeks! Four more weeks!”
In response to Flynn and reports Trump knew about his ties to Russia, Fallon’s Trump rambled, “Look, I knew that he knew that I knew, but he didn’t know that I knew that he knew that I knew that he knew that I knew that he knew. So now you know.”
Fallon then spoofed Trump’s statements about CNN. During the actual press conference, POTUS said he’d replace his “fake news” claim with “very fake news.” Fallon’s Trump has a different take: “I’m calling it faux news. It’s much classier.” He has a different take for secretary of labor, as well. Instead of Alexander Acosta, it’s Beyoncé. “Who knows more about going into labor than someone carrying twins?” he said.
As it turns out, there’s a reason why Trump handles reporters the way that he does. All his answers — like, “all signs point to sad,” “fake news,” and “‘gina” — come from a magic eight ball he shakes. “One more shake, and this is gonna make the ratings go through the roof,” Fallon joked.
Watch the cold open in the video above.