NBC’s Chuck Todd Admits The Media Always Gets ‘Ginned Up’ By Trump


On Wednesday night, NBC’s Chuck Todd stopped by The Tonight Show and spoke about the turbulent news cycle under President Donald Trump.

After discussing his excitement for the midterms and how he survived the elections by running on “coffee and gummies,” Todd lamented to Jimmy Fallon that he had to “change the lead” to his show due to the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“The president is a fire hose,” Todd said. “The guy just constantly- the one thing about him-”

“He knows what he’s doing,” Fallon responded.

The Meet The Press host’s facial expression and sigh signaled he didn’t exactly agree with Fallon, but the comedian doubled down.

“He was in show business,” Fallon continued.  “He knows what he’s doing.”

“Yes. In that sense, yes. It is show business” Todd agreed. “What I would say it is, it’s WWE. He’s Rowdy Roddy Piper and I’m Mean Gene Okerlund or somedays it’s Peter Alexander that has to play the role of Mean Gene, you know, whatever. Whoever the press person is of the day, in the same way that the reporter in wrestling would just get mocked and beaten up by Hulk Hogan or Rowdy Roddy piper, that’s — that’s what Trump thinks it is. And he also thinks it’s just fun. That it’s show business. And he’ll say, ‘I’m good for your ratings, aren’t I?’ Isn’t this good for you?’ You know, it’s all — it’s all show business. And you want to say, ‘Yeah, it’s all fun and games until you get a pipe bomb and a visit from the FBI.’ That’s no fun.”

“Look, I think we sometimes take him too seriously and always get ginned up at eleven,” Todd continued. “At the same time, I don’t think he’s very self-aware at like what this- what some of his words do to people.”

Watch the clip above, via NBC.

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