The Dalai Lama goofs a little on Donald Trump during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.
Just a week before the first U.S. Presidential debate between Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton and the Republican nominee Donald Trump was held, the Dalai Lama was hosted by CNN anchor Piers Morgan for an interview on British morning television. The spiritual leader and influential political figure is usually guarded and diplomatic but he dropped his guard a little bit to perform an impersonation of Donald Trump that left Morgan breaking down in fits of laughter.
The 14th Dalai Lama placed his hand on his head in such a way that he mimicked Trump’s distinctive hair, before pointing to his lips and using his hand to portray a quickly opening and closing small mouth. “That’s my impression,” he said.
In previous television interviews, the Tibetan Cleric living in exile has kept his cards close to his chest. For instance, in an ABC interview in March of this year, he responded, “Well, that’s your business. But sometimes I feel too much personal criticism. A serious discussion about policy matters is useful. But sometimes a little bit personal criticism — that looks a little bit cheap. That’s my view.”
However, the spiritual leader went on to say that he would attend any meeting called by the Republican Nominee if he were invited. Donald Trump has been the subject of many caricatures and a topic for discussion on many late night shows. This is probably due to the way he conducts himself in public and to his signature coif of hair that has been his trademark for several years now.
In many Central Asian Buddhist countries, there is a strongly held belief that Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion serially intervenes and acts for the benefit of the people of Tibet due to the special relationship that he shares with them. It is believed that he is reincarnated in benevolent rulers and teachers who are called Dalai Lamas. Tenzin Gyatso, the current Dalai Lama began his reign on November 17, 1950.
The 14th Dalai Lama is one of the most popular leaders in the world, according to a poll that was conducted by Harris Interactive of New York in 2013. He led his government from exile in India following a revolt in Tibet in 1959. However, in 2001 the Dalai Lama stopped being head of the government and instead gave this power to an elected parliament that is composed of Tibetan exiles.
His recent interview with Piers Morgan shows that while he has weighty responsibilities, the Dalai Lama is not averse from having a little fun.