Tina Fey and David Letterman Compare Donald Trump to Hitler In Scathing Interview
Tina Fey and David Letterman compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler in a recent interview.
Fey sat down with Letterman, who has kept a low profile since he retired from “The Late Show” in 2015, for a Hollywood Reporter exclusive following the election.
Letterman stated that, after Trump’s stunning victory last month, he is “full of apprehension and self-loathing.”
The retired talk show host said Trump’s election win filled him with anxiety, and, with no hyperbole, said that Trump has become “the No. 1 struggle of humanity.”
“In a world where the president makes fun of handicapped people and fat people, how do we proceed with dignity?” Fey said.
“I want to tell people, ‘If you do two things this year, watch Idiocracy by Mike Judge and read [Nazi propagandist] Leni Riefenstahl’s 800-page autobiography.’”
Fey explained to Letterman that Riefenstahl “pioneered sports photography as we know it,” but also “rolled with the punches and said, ‘Well, he’s the fuhrer. He’s my president. I’ll make films for him.’ She did some terrible, terrible things … This is a real lesson, to be an artist who doesn’t roll with what your leader is doing just because he’s your leader.”
The comedic duo also talked about Alec Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” impression of Trump, which Trump recently criticized on Twitter.
“Good for him,” Letterman said of Baldwin.
Fey added: “It just makes me feel sick for the state of the world because it’s so beneath a president, but also my feeling is: ‘You think you’re good at being a jerk on Twitter? You will now face the grandmaster of being a jerk on Twitter.’”
Fey and Letterman also took shots at Trump’s business and management acumen.
Citing Trump’s demands from an apology from the Broadway cast of Hamilton — after the show ambushed Mike Pence during a performance last month — Fey said her “brain immediately went to [SNL producer] Lorne Michaels.”
“I thought, our president-elect is a chump of a manager because don’t put yourself in a position where you’re asking for something and you’re going to be told no,” she said. “I learned that from Lorne. You’re the president. You demanded an apology that you can’t get. Bad management skills.”
Read the interview in its entirety at The Hollywood Reporter.