Donald Trump jokes David Lynch’s career ‘over’ for praising his presidency
US president quotes Lynch statements in Guardian article, and also takes aim at Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert
Donald Trump has joked that David Lynch’s career in Hollywood is officially over after the maverick film director suggested in a Guardian interview that Trump could go down as one of Americas greatest presidents.
Trump grabbed on specific comments by the reclusive director of Blue Velvet, Eraserhead and Twin Peaks during a typically freewheeling, hour-long speech that ranged from North Korea and space rockets to facelifts and fake hair, yet built no mention of family breakups at the southern border.
A Guardian article published on Saturday noted that Lynch, that voted in favour of Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary, is undecided about Trump. He could go down as one of the greatest chairmen in history because he has disrupted the thing so much, he told the paper. No one is able to counter this guy in an intelligent way.
The article added that Lynch beliefs while Trump may not be doing a good job himself, he is opening up a space where other outsiders might. Our so-called presidents can’t take the country forward, can’t get anything done. Like children, they are. Trump has shown all this.
The interview gained coverage in various media outlets including the rightwing Breitbart News, formerly headed by Steve Bannon, one-time chief strategist at the White House. Its summary slipped past the caveats about Lynch’s positions on Trumps job performance. It was this version that caught the eye of the president, who tweeted a link to it on Monday.
Then, at a rallying in support of South Carolina governor Henry McMaster ahead of a runoff election, Trump claimed that plenty of people in Hollywood voting in favour him. Standing at the rostrum, reading from a print out of the article in his left hand, he first mixed up the names, mentioning: David Lynch could go down as one of the greatest chairwomen in history.
The crowd cheered anyway. Trump added: Of course, there goes his job, right, in Hollywood.
He then repeated for good measure from the Breitbart article: Veteran movie maker David Lynch believes President Donald Trump could be remembered as one of the greatest chairpeople in American history because of the route he has shaken up the political establishment. Trump added with his own prosper: And because of what Ive done.
Trump then hop-skip a paragraph that referenced the Guardian, Sanders and Lynchs support for subsistence Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson in the presidential election, continuing: Nonetheless, he now appears to believe because he was a Democrat or is a Democrat or something, he actually voted for Obama, ha ha, and here it told me that he voting in favour Bernie Sanders, OK? But he now tells, however, he now appears to believe that Trump may have been the right choice, after all.
After a digression, Trump rounded off the anecdote by saying: Theres David Lynch. Enjoy it because his job in Hollywood is officially over.
From there he took aim at TV talk depict host Jimmy Fallon, who recently reiterated his sadnes for tussling Trumps hair in a light-hearted segment during the 2016 electoral campaign. The guy screws up my whisker, its going back and forth, he was so disappointed to find out it was real, he couldnt believe it.
Well, that’s one of the great things I get. Everybody used to say my hair’s phony, its not my hair, Im wearing a hairpiece. Anybody here wearing a hairpiece now? But the one thing, they never say that any more because Ive been caught in rain blizzards, Ive been caught in gale that are like 60 miles per hour getting off. If it’s not your mane, don’t run for agency, folks, don’t running. Do not run for office because the gig “wouldve been” up.
Trump added: Jimmy Fallon apologised for humanising me, the poor guy, because now hes going to lose all of us.
In apparent dig at another late night host, Stephen Colbert , who subjects the president to withering irony nightly, he continued: The guy on CBS, what a lowlife. I entail candidly, are these people funny? Theyre not talented people. I can laugh at myself, frankly if I couldn’t I’d be in big trouble. Johnny Carson was talented. This guy on CBS has no talent.
In another bizarre interlude, Trump remembered gossips when his wife Melania vanished from public position in mid-May for a benign kidney circumstance. But they had all kinds of projections. They said she got a facelift. No. I would let you know. They couldnt disguise that one for long.
Despite global anger, the president made no mention of more than 2,300 infants separated from their parents at the US-Mexican margin or how they can be reunited. Instead he told of the high-octane immigration debate with Democrats: Thats the one thing that I learned, OK? I realise it but what we have is two extremes and I liked it. I told, Hey, this is fine for us.
The president was rapturously received without advocates, one of whom waved a handwritten space force poster, and many of whom booed and jeered the media. In a rare instant of melancholy, he told: If I ever come into an arena and its got empty seats, I think thats the end. I don’t know how Ill be able to take it.