Hillary Clinton appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and she was absolutely delightful. She really should do more interviews like these, even at the risk of having to answer for some of her missteps, because every interview like this makes it more difficult to believe the “other Hillary” described by Trump supporters. Given the level of scrutiny her every word receives, it’s amazing how well she manages to straddle the line between likable, serious, and funny, laughing off Trump without being condescending.
It’s a very human interview, not the sort where there’s an almost necessary two-second filter, where she has to weigh her possible responses. It was a lengthy interview, but here were the best bits:
Hillary Clinton opens jar of pickles, laughs off questions about health, and smirks at Trump’s medical report. “Back in October, The National Enquirer said I would be dead in six months,” she said, “so with every breath I take I feel like I have a new lease on life.”
On how to prepare for a debate: “I am drawing on my experience from elementary school.” She says she doesn’t get upset about the things that Trump says anymore because otherwise, she’d be “upset all the time.”
Here, she blows off Donald Trump’s “Second Amendment” comments, talks about how unfit Donald Trump is, and expresses her appreciation for her Republican endorsements. “It’s not an easy thing for them. They’re putting country before party.”
Here, she tries to read real Donald Trump quotes without laughing. She manages to do so, but refuses to read the Trump quote about wanting to date his daughter.
She’s not concerned about more emails coming out. “My emails are so boring. We’ve already released, I don’t know, 30,000-plus, so what’s a few more?” Indeed, she says, whatever comes out in the as-yet unreleased emails being lorded over her by Russian hackers won’t be as bad as what Trump makes up about her every day.
On Bill’s love of balloons at the Convention. (Bill took one of the balloons to their grandchild to the next morning).