Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday offered up an cringe display of fawning over the failed Democratic presidential candidate.
Jimmy Fallon had his female writers and singer Miley Cyrus taking turns reading “thank you” notes to Hillary Clinton in a special segment that tipped the “cringe” scale.
“Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for being the first female presidential candidate nominated by a major party, and also the first female senator of New York, and also the first First Lady to transcend First Ladyhood to become secretary of state,” one of Fallon’s writers said. “I guess what I’m trying to say is, thank you Hillary Clinton.”
“Oh thank you! That’s so nice!” a perfectly giddy Clinton responded.
Writer after writer sat in at Fallon’s desk to read their odes to the former secretary of state who just doesn’t know when to quit.
“Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for handling this transition with more grace than I ever could have imagined,” another writer added. “That being said, call me day or night and I will be there with a gallon of ice cream and two spoons to tell you, ‘Girl, you are so much better than him!’“
“Thank you, Hillary, for all the work you’ve done for public health care; ever since the election, I’ve really depended on my government-subsidized anti-anxiety medication,” another said, while one writer added: “Thank you, Hillary, for remaining strong and showing poise before, during, and especially after the election. You taught me that when dealing with a difficult defeat, it’s O.K. to take time to reflect, set your focus on a new path forward, and maybe find a cave in the woods to scream into.”
One writer’s quip at the election results caused Clinton to burst into laughter.
“Thank you, Hillary, for always sticking to the issues even as people criticize you for superficial things like your hair, your wardrobe, and your appearance,” she said. “You show girls everywhere that politics isn’t a popularity contest—because if it were, you would have won by about 3 million votes.”
The love-fest continued as Cyrus took a turn, crying as she read her note and ending with a request for a hug.
“Thank you, Hillary, for being a constant beacon of strength, hope, and determination for me and millions of other young women,” Cyrus said. “You’ve been a role model and an inspiration and a voice of reason in uncertain times. I could go on and on, but I’d like to get right to the point. Can I give you a hug?”
Viewers who made it this far were then subjected to Clinton, herself, taking the host’s seat as she read her own thank you note.
“Thank you, Miley, the Tonight Show writers, and all of the women and young girls out there. You are smart, strong, and deserving of every opportunity,” she said. “Together, we’ve made our voices heard; we’ve done great things; and we’ve come a long way. But as Miley might say, we can’t stop, and we won’t stop.”
For many, this just seemed like another nail in the coffin for late night television which has become a political soapbox for those like Jimmy Kimmel who has inserted himself into the debate over healthcare and now gun control after Sunday’s Las Vegas mass shooting which left 58 concert goers dead and more than 500 injured.
The segment understandably left many viewers traumatized.