Taking the mickey out of The Donald

Mr Trump grinning as Fallon messed up his hair with a vigorous rub, causing his long locks to point messily every which way.
Mr Trump grinning as Fallon messed up his hair with a vigorous rub, causing his long locks to point messily every which way.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, YOUTUBE
Mr Trump grinning as Fallon messed up his hair with a vigorous rub, causing his long locks to point messily every which way.
Mr Trump grinning as Fallon messed up his hair with a vigorous rub, causing his long locks to point messily every which way.PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, YOUTUBE

WASHINGTON • Mr Donald Trump's hair - a crusty, complex, yellowish affair that has become one of the enigmas of a very weird US presidential race - got messed with big-time on Thursday.

The usually brash presidential candidate talked in subdued tones and played the good sport as he appeared on one of America's most popular late-night broadcasts, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon did his very popular impression of Mr Trump's speaking style, ribbed him right and left and concluded his interview with a request. "Can I mess up your hair?" he asked.

The comic explained that this might be the last time he could ask to do something unpresidential with Mr Trump, lest he win the election in November against Mrs Hillary Clinton. The crowd went nuts over the idea.

Mr Trump grinned and agreed.

Fallon reached out with his right hand and mussed Mr Trump's hair with a vigorous, repeated rub. The Republican nominee endured it with a broad smile.

Mr Trump, 70, has an elaborate hairdo centred on what seems to be an ambitious comb-over. Nothing fell off with Fallon's intervention but the result was not very pretty as Mr Trump's long locks ended up pointing messily every which way.

On other matters, Fallon christened what he called Mr Trump's "bromance" with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "Vlump", and asked him about his penchant for eating fast food.

"At least you know what you're getting," Mr Trump said. He added that if he went to an unknown place: "If they don't like me... I don't know. I'm better off with fast food."

Fallon also thanked him for providing what he described as grist for so much comic material.

"You say some shocking things," Fallon said.

"But I'm trying not to any more," Mr Trump replied.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2016, with the headline 'Taking the mickey out of The Donald'. Print Edition | Subscribe