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‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon called Capitol riots ‘a disgrace’

‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon said he was disappointed with what happened Wednesday.

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In this April 23, 2019 file photo, Jimmy Fallon attends the Time 100 Gala in New York.

In this April 23, 2019, file photo, Jimmy Fallon attends the Time 100 Gala in New York.

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“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” host Jimmy Fallon responded to the U.S. Capitol riots from Wednesday, saying they were “a disgrace” and “disappointing.” But, he added, the riots were “not a surprise.”

  • “If my grandfather were alive today and saw what was happening in the country that he fought for, he’d be disgusted,” Fallon said. “People walking around with the flag upside-down, thinking they’re patriotic? Today was not patriotism, today was terrorism.” 

Fallon said to his viewers he didn’t know how to help. So he decided to reassure them that the U.S. needs to work together.

  • “We’ve seen it over and over again during the pandemic, from the front-line workers to the cashiers at grocery stores, to everyone delivering food or raising money for people who need it, we are best when we work together and step up.” 

Fallon’s history with Trump

Fallon has faced heavy criticism since 2016 because of a moment in which he ruffled President Donald Trump’s hair. The Washington Post reported Fallon often featured Trump as a guest. In one interview, Fallon ruffled Trump’s hair. Critics immediately wondered whether Fallon was doing the American people justice because he wasn’t asking tough questions.

  • “They have a right to be mad,” Fallon told The New York Times. “If I let anyone down, it hurt my feelings that they didn’t like it. I got it.”
  • “I didn’t do it to humanize him. I almost did it to minimize him. I didn’t think that would be a compliment.”