David Letterman is taking on Donald Trump.
The former CBS Late Show host weighs in on the presumptive Republican nominee during his upcoming NBC News interview with Tom Brokaw. In a new clip unveiled below, Brokaw asked Letterman about this year’s election landscape. The former talk show host seemed to simultaneously defend Trump’s landing of the nomination while also slamming his candidacy.
Brokaw: “Listen, you’re not on the air during one of the wackiest, potentially dislocating election years of our lifetime. Donald Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders. Are there times when you just say, “God, I’d like to be on tonight. I’d like to be talking about this?”
Letterman: “Well, I understand that he’s repugnant to people. But, you tell me, the men putting together the Constitution, witnessing this election, wouldn’t they have just said, ‘That’s part of the way we set it up. Good luck'”?
Brokaw: “You’re absolutely right. He didn’t cheat by getting the nomination.”
Letterman: “Right. There’s nothing illegal going on. It’s just he’s despicable … And in everybody’s school, you hear, ‘The great thing about America is anybody can grow up to be President.’ Oh, jeez. I guess that might be true.”
The exchange comes a day after another clip was released where Letterman declared he “couldn’t care less” about late-night TV anymore, and suggested a woman should have taken over the Late Show instead of Stephen Colbert.
The Brokaw-Letterman interview will air during On Assignment, a limited series from Dateline NBC that runs on Sunday at 7 p.m. Friday the 17th. Also in the interview, which took place in Letterman’s hometown of Indianapolis over Memorial Day weekend, Letterman shares his memories of Johnny Carson.