by Itunuoluwa Adebo
President Donald Trump’s May 13 commencement speech at Liberty University became the center of Jimmy Fallon’s monologue on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Monday night. The late night host joked that Trump’s speech was remarkably similar to Elle Wood’s (Reese Witherspoon) speech in “Legally Blonde.”
Fallon began by insinuating that Trump’s speech was comprised solely of platitudes.
Tonight: Trump plagiarized his commencement speech from Elle Woods in Legally Blonde pic.twitter.com/EScE4B02F8
— Fallon Tonight (@FallonTonight) May 16, 2017
“(Trump) said, ‘Always have the courage to be yourself and chase your dreams,’” Fallon said. “And then he stopped talking because he ran out of fortune cookies.”
After some references to the many firings and resignations in Trump’s administration since his inauguration, Fallon said that while watching the commencement speech, it sounded “kind of familiar.” He played a clip of Woods’ speech cut with clips of Trump’s speech in which Trump appeared to be saying almost exactly the same words as Woods, though likely in a different order.
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