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On Wednesday’s Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and guest Hillary Clinton both got to try out their impressions, the former impersonating melted candle impersonator Donald Trump and the later pretending to be someone who tells jokes.
At their best, comedy bits featuring politicians give candidates a chance to show off a more playful side than they’re typically able to on the campaign trail. At their worst, they help sanitize otherwise odious powermongers. Clinton’s skit ended up being a bit of both, overtly advancing her “champion of the people” narrative while also serving as a reminder of the actual person at the center of her campaign.