Just in case you didn’t get enough yuks out of the countless memes spawned by President Trump’s claim earlier this week that people used to tell him that he looked like Elvis Presley when he was younger, Jimmy Fallon had his own fresh take on Tuesday night’s (Nov. 27) Tonight Show. Dusting off one of his patented dead-on mash-up impressions, Fallon channeled The King during his famed 1968 comeback special — complete with a leather outfit and spare stage set-up — only the rock icon’s signature swoop of black hair was replaced by a wig over Trump’s equally legendary yellow mane.
“Thank you ladies and gentlemen, thank you. It’s great being here in Memphis,” Fallon said as he sat on a stool cradling a guitar while wearing his raccoon-eyes Trump make-up. “I gotta tell you, a lot of people have been saying I look like Elvis, it’s true. They say I look like Elvis.” To prove his point, Fallon got up, grabbed the mic and swung his hips as he sang a revamped version of “Jailhouse Rock” that ran down the Trump White House’s myriad legal troubles.
“The warden threw a party in the county jail/ Everyone in my administration started to wail/ Indictments headed down to the whole West Wing/ You should have heard my lawyer Michael Cohen sing,” he sang, tweaking the chorus as “Everybody with a White House job/ Was dancing to the jailhouse rock.” The spoof’s lyrics dropped all the Trump White House hits: Robert Mueller’s investigation, Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump’s bromance with Russian president Vladimir Putin, as well as the many Trump-affiliated figures either under indictment, investigation or headed to jail, including Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn and George Papadopolous.
The impression came a night after Trump visited Elvis’ hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith — who won Tuesday’s hotly contested run-off against democrat Mike Espy — telling the crowd that back in the day, not to sound “very conceited,” people used to tell him he looked like The King.
“Other than the blond hair, when I was growing up they said I looked like Elvis,” Trump said at an airport rally in support Hyde-Smith, who won the election despite a comment she made about gladly taking a “front row” seat at a “public hanging,” while speaking of her affection for a long-time supporter in a state with a grim history of lynchings and hangings of its black citizens and the surfacing of pictures in which she’s seen wearing a full Confederate soldier’s uniform while promoting tourism at Confederate president Jefferson Davis’s homestead.
Watch Fallon’s Elvis/Trump mash-up below.