Donald Trump: ‘Not Offended’ By Spoofs
Donald Trump says he’s “not offended” by the various television skits spoofing him as he runs for president.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Jimmy Fallon has impersonated Trump several times in recent months, including one sketch where the real Donald appeared, too (see photo right). “Saturday Night Live” has repeatedly skewered Trump throughout his campaign, using both Taran Killam and Darrell Hammond to do so. Most recently, Funny or Die released a fake TV movie earlier this week in which Johnny Depp, with the help of prosthetics, parodied the business mogul.
Though all of examples were done mockingly, Trump is actually flattered by the impressions. In a new interview with the New York Times, the GOP frontrunner argues, “If they didn’t do it — if they didn’t have any interest — I guess things wouldn’t be going so good.”
Further calling all the impersonations a “great honor,” he acknowledged that the various portrayals may not be presenting him in the best light. “I know the business. I know the game. And I’m not offended,” Trump says, though had hadn’t yet watched Depp’s 50-minute faux film at the time of the interview.
He nevertheless praises Depp as a “great actor,” and calls Fallon a “terrific guy” who “does some great, great imitations.” Given the increased volume of such spoofs, Trump says, “Now it’s gotten out of control, right? Now it’s really gotten crazy.” He declines to offer any advice to his imitators, saying, “They have enough guidance. They’ve got, certainly, plenty of material, that’s for sure. Some are really good, and some are really, really awful.”
That said, Trump refuses to name those bits which he did not like, telling the paper, “Some of them are good people, but they don’t have it even close. They actually think they’re good. They actually tell me how great they are at it, and I say, ‘Give me a break.’ (pause) I don’t say that to them, because I never like to insult people.”