Late night host Jimmy Fallon on Monday responded to President Donald Trump’s Twitter attack by dedicating his opening monologue to him.
“Before we begin, I just want to give a shout out to our show’s number one fan, the president of the United States,” Fallon said, evoking cheers from the audience.
“The Tonight Show” host then called out the first lady, saying, “Melania, if you’re watching, I don’t think your anti-bullying campaign is working.”
Sunday night, Trump told Fallon to “be a man” on Twitter because the host said he regretted ruffling the president’s hair during the 2016 presidential campaign.
.@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous “hair show” with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me-he is taking heat. He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
“First of all, I’ve never called this human in my life,” Fallon said later in the show. “I don’t have his number. I don’t want his number.”
Watch the monologue below:
Instead of engaging in a Twitter feud with Trump, Fallon made a donation to the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), because he has “more important things to do.”
“Then I thought, ‘wait, shouldn’t he have more important things to do?'” Fallon said. “What are you doing? You’re the president; why are you tweeting at me?”
Fallon continued by joking that the tweet gave him a common link with NFL players and went on to mock the president.
In honor of the President’s tweet I’ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) June 25, 2018
“When Trump heard [about the donation], he was like, ‘I love RAICES, they’re my favorite peanut butter cup,'” Fallon said, manipulating his voice to sound like Trump’s. “‘There’s no wrong way to eat a RAICES.'”
Trump referenced the tweet at a rally in South Carolina before the show Monday, advising Fallon to “just relax.”
“I’ll try to be more of a man,” Fallon said. “I really will, Donald, starting tomorrow.”