Jimmy Kimmel accused Donald Trump of being “un-American” in his calls for Muslims to be banned from entering the US when he was finally given his chance to grill the billionaire following the most controversial weeks of his campaign.
Trump was unusually agreeable during his appearance on the Wednesday’s show, laughing along at Kimmel’s jabs at his increasingly contentious proposals and comments.
The Republican frontrunner is more commonly known for targeting almost every opponent and critic But he was full of praise for Kimmel and even paid him a few compliments, telling him at one point: “You went against the establishment. You’re doing just fine [turns to the audience he is doing really great.”
In the understatement of the century, Trump admitted he had been “a little bit divisive” with his campaign rhetoric.
“We know Donald Trump as a businessman, author, and reality show star,” Kimmel said as he introduced the billionaire. “But our children will know him as the president who blew up the moon for being a loser.”
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Kimmel’s line of questioning began jokingly, but became more serious in the second half of the interview when he raised his proposals for banning all Muslims from entering the US until authorities "can figure out" Muslim attitudes towards America in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting.
But Trump insisted the ban on Muslims would be temporary, telling Kimmel he has “many, many” Muslim friends.
“Some of them, not all of them - I will tell you some of them aren’t so thrilled with what I said, many of them called me and they said, ‘You know Donald, you’re right. We have a problem. There is a problem.”
“Isn’t it un-American and wrong to discriminate against people based on their religion?” asked Kimmel, before suggesting they may have been pranks calls.
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