Said President-elect Donald Trump “didn’t really want to be president” but “now he’s stuck with it.”
Letterman was asked what was running through his mind when the returns came in on election night.
“I was surprised. I think everybody was surprised. I think Mr. Trump was surprised. I don’t think he – I think we all know he didn’t really want to be president and now he’s stuck with it for 4 years and I don’t know,” he said during an interview at the Lab School’s gala in Washington, D.C. “I mean, the next day the sun was in the east and I thought, well, we’ll just keep going – that’s sort of philosophical isn’t it? The sun was in the east.”
Letterman had some harsh words for the billionaire real estate developer during the course of the presidential campaign.
“There’s nothing illegal going on,” Letterman said in June before Trump had formally won the Republican nomination. “He’s just despicable.”
During an interview with the New York Times in October, Letterman said, “I don’t know anything about trade agreements. I don’t know anything about China devaluing the yuan but if you see somebody who’s not behaving like any other human you’ve known, that means something. They need an appointment with a psychiatrist. They need a diagnosis and they need a prescription.”
When asked if his opinion of Trump has changed at all since he won the election, Letterman said, “Of course not. I mean, he announced it was all rigged and it was proven accurate – that’s a bit of a joke.”
As Letterman began to say something else, the event organizers interrupted the interview.
Actor David Arquette also attended the Lab School of Washington’s gala. The school provides a “college-preparatory academic experience” for students with “language-based learning differences.”
“The more money you put toward education, without all this red tape, the better,” he said. “The Lab School is a great example of how to apply philosophy and education, you know, supporting the arts in a way that helps cultivate a really great generation.”
Arquette said he was “disappointed” with the results of the presidential election because he wants to see America elect its first female president.
“I am a huge fan of Hillary Clinton’s, so I was sad for her but we have hope for the country and that’s all you can really do,” Arquette said.
“I think she’s an incredible, incredible person. I think she wasn’t given the sort of respect and love I believe she deserves. I think all of the hoopla about her past – it wasn’t needed – all the attention that it got. I think her heart is in the right place and I was sad to see – I hope to see our first female president. I think we are behind in that,” he added.
Actor Tom Hanks recently said, “I hope the president-elect does such a great job that I vote for his re-election in four years.” Arquette was asked if he agrees with Hanks’ comments about Trump.
“Of course you want the president to do well. I just, I want to wait and see. I just need some respect, you know, respect for the people he’s sort of put down. You have to gain respect so that’s actions. We’ll see how the actions go but I wish him the best,” he said.
Arquette said it would have been interesting to witness a Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) run against Trump.
“It was a really clear year that people were sort of sick of the establishment and, in this race, she [Clinton] represented the establishment. It would have been interesting to see Bernie and Trump go against each other to see, sort of, you know non-establishment characters, if you could say that about a senator,” he said. “But I don’t know. I mean, that’s all spilled milk now. It’s time to move on and you know, hopefully, we wish the best for everybody.”
Arquette was asked if he has a message for the young people protesting against Trump in U.S. cities.
“Just to do peaceful protests – that’s what it’s really about. The last thing we need in the world is more violence and you have to respect the flag, so don’t pull that down,” he said.