Hillary Clinton Talks Donald Trump, "Boring" Private Emails and Kim Kardashian on 'Tonight Show'

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The Democratic presidential candidate made her first appearance on the late-night show since announcing her run for the White House.

It's hard to believe anyone in Hillary Clinton's campaign finds Bernie Sanders' rising poll numbers a laughing matter. But the Democratic presidential candidate poked fun at the topic on her Tonight Show appearance Wednesday.

In a sketch prior to her interview, Clinton appeared opposite host Jimmy Fallon, who impersonated Republican hopeful Donald Trump. Talk quickly turned to immigration. "Do you have any idea what it's like to work so hard for something, to be so close to getting it, but then have someone pop out of nowhere and tries to take it all away," Clinton pointedly asked.

"Are you talking about Bernie Sanders? Look, I hate to say this, but I think he's losing his hair," said Fallon.

"Well, at least he doesn’t have just one strand that he swirls over his head like a soft-serve at Dairy Queen," retorted Clinton.

"Toupee, I mean touché," responded Fallon.

The cutting remark was one of several directed squarely at Trump, who was actually 3,000 miles away at the GOP debate in Simi Valley, Calif. After discussing her passion for women's rights, Clinton asked about his stance on women's issues. "I know a lot of women, and they all have issues," said Fallon.

Trump also tried to give Clinton some advice, including to yell more and to pick things that everyone else loves, like puppies and rainbows, and then go against them. "Let me grab my pen," said Clinton as she grabbed a glass of wine.

However, Clinton wasn't afraid to make a few jokes at her own expense. When the faux Trump offered to interview her in place of Fallon, whom he called a "total lightweight," she made a reference to her limited press availability.

"You know how much I love being interviewed as long as you don’t start talking over me while I'm trying to make a point," said Clinton before she was interrupted.

As her poll numbers dip and the race for the White House heats up, Clinton has been actively raising her profile with media appearances like Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show, on which she danced with the host, as well as Amy Schumer and Pink.

For the interview portion of her visit – which marked her first appearance since Fallon took over The Tonight Show – Clinton covered all sorts of topics. She called Kim Kardashian West and her husband Kanye West "delightful" when she was asked about a recent selfie she took with the power couple. "I really enjoyed meeting with them and talking with them," she added.

At another point in the show, Clinton invited Fallon to touch her hair after he admitted he hadn't been able to do so with Trump when he appeared on the show Sept. 11.

"Its real and its got wave," proclaimed Fallon, "and it smells great." Joked Clinton, "you can't says the same thing about the color."

The topic of Trump came up several times. "I think that’s he's going to go as long as he wants to go and more power to him," said Clinton when asked how long Trump's campaign will run. "He's making the most out of it. I'm having a good time watching it." She also made a joke about the White House someday becoming the Trump House if he became the Commander-in-Chief, and candidate Dr. Ben Carson doing surgery in the basement.

Fallon praised Clinton, at one point calling her "tough mother" and then, when acknowledging his poor delivery, "you're like if Ronda Rousey shopped at Ann Taylor Loft."

However, he didn't shy away from asking Clinton about the controversies in her own campaign thus far, particularly her use of teleprompters and comments that she has been too scripted. "I could go more stream of consciousness," she replied, launching into a thinly veiled (and very loud) impression of Trump. She then urged Fallon "to get rid of the script, get rid of the teleprompter."

When it came to her email scandal, Clinton tried to defend herself. "I'm trying to be as transparent as possible but nothing that was sent at the time or received was secret this is all retroactive. Its a little hard to explain but some times different government agencies argue about what should or shouldn’t be what's called classified," she said. "It wasn’t at the time, and the stuff that's in it, I think its really boring people, which kind of hurts my feelings."

In her final minutes with Fallon, Clinton got back on message, emphasizing her plan to raise Americans' incomes, reduce the debt, find new ways to help ease the burden of college tuitions and, most importantly, make it to the White House. "Where do you see yourself in five years," asked Fallon. When asked where she saw herself in five years, Clinton responded, "OK, if you agree, sitting right here talking about running for re-election."