Donald Trump decided Thursday on late-night television not to split hairs over Jimmy Fallon's special request: "Can I mess up your hair?"
The Republican presidential nominee at first cringed. “I’ll be gentle,” the Tonight Show host added to reassure the hesitant Trump.
After a moment, Trump agreed. “The answer is yes," he said.
“But the people in New Hampshire where I’m going to be in about an hour from now, I hope they’re going to understand,” he added.
Fallon then reached across his desk to mess up Trump's hair. The golden hair flew back and forth and Trump's scalp below even seemed to be visible for a moment.
The Republican nominee appeared to smile during the process, but afterwards quickly tried to pat his hair back down. He also refused to let the press pool take photos of him after the taping, the Associated Press reported.
Trump's hair has been discussed at length as many people have wondered about its unique shape. He also announced last year he doesn't wear a toupee, allowing a supporter in South Carolina to touch his coif in an effort to prove his point.
Trump's appearance on the show provoked strong reactions on social media, with many accusing Fallon of going soft on the controversial candidate, and "normalizing" his brand of politics.
Others, however, were more sympathetic towards Fallon's performance and Trump's appearance on the show.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is set to appear on the Tonight Show on Monday night.
Last night after the 2016 Emmys, Fallon addressed critics who accused him of "normalizing" the controversial Republican president hopeful on The Tonight Show last week.
“Have you seen my show?" he asked TMZ reporters. “I’m never too hard on anyone. We’ll have Hillary [Clinton] on tomorrow, and we’ll do something fun with her too,” he said, also noting that Trump "was a good sport" and that the interview "wasn't really a planned thing."
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