Appearing on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” Thursday evening, Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump has crossed a line to the point where he is no longer a laughing matter.
“You know, I have to say, Seth, I no longer think he is funny,” she said, referring to the GOP presidential front-runner’s recent plan to bar all Muslims from entering the country. “I think for weeks you and everybody else were just bringing folks to hysterical laughter, but now he has gone way over the line. And what he is saying now is not only shameful and wrong, it is dangerous.”
Clinton, the front-runner for the Democrats, has been extremely aggressive in attacking Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, using campaign speeches, emails, social media campaigns and more to discredit the real estate mogul. At the same time, Clinton and her campaign have been trying to make other Republican presidential candidates pay for his sins by tying them together.
She said Trump’s latest plan to bar all Muslims from entering the country “plays rights into the hands of the terrorists – and I don’t say that lightly,” because it will be an invaluable recruiting tool for jihadis.”
“I think everybody, and especially other Republicans, needs to stand up and really say, ‘enough, you have gone to far that is not who we are, that is not the kind of country that we believe we are and we are just to going to tolerate it.’ And, so, I hope more people will do that,” Clinton added said.
The former secretary of state has made gun control a pillar of her campaign, but acknowledged that advocates on her side of the issue need to do a better job of winning over gun owners.
“I do think that we don’t have the right approach to it and do need to reach out to more responsible gun owners,” she said.
She also suggested the NRA preys on its members by instilling fear in them. “If you are trying to keep people paying dues and supporting your organization, you want to keep them upset,” she said. “Today, they want people to feel like the black helicopter is going to land in the backyard and your guns are going to be taken. Totally unbelievably untrue.”
It’s the fourth late-night show Clinton has done this year and the latest in a tour of comedy shows in general, including “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” among others.
Asked about what first lady-like qualities Bill Clinton posses, his wife said that while he’s not very good at arranging flowers, he is a very good host. She also joked that since her husband is “veganish” he would be handy for menu-planning if a vegan person ever stopped by the White House.
Meyers, who is from New Hampshire, also quizzed Clinton on the state, which holds the nation’s first presidential primary contest. Clinton got every answer correct, except when she was asked to name three former “Saturday Night Live” cast members from the state.
The final question was who won the state’s 2008 Democratic primary. Clinton threw her hands in the air and declared, “Me!”