Dave Chappelle breaks SNL tradition with emotional monologue about Trump and black Americans
Finally hosting Saturday Night Live, comedian Dave Chappelle was confronted with slightly different circumstances than when he was booked on the show, at a time it was believed that Donald Trump would not become America’s next president.
With the stunning loss of Hillary Clinton, Chappelle made the best of it by first calling Trump an “internet troll” before making a powerful statement about mutual respect.
Addressing Clinton’s loss, Chappelle remarked, “The whites are furious. They’ve never seen anything like it. I haven’t seen white people this mad since the O.J. verdict. I watched a white riot in Portland, Oregon, on television the other night. News said they did a million dollars worth of damage. Every black person watching was like, ‘amateurs.’”
As he concluded his opening monologue, Chappelle reminisced about a BET White House function that celebrated African Americans and how hopeful it made him feel after he related a history of how difficult it had been for the “historically disenfranchised” to feel welcome there.
He used that memory to pivot back to President-elect Trump.
“It made me feel proud to be an American and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country,” said Chappelle. “So, in that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. And I’m going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”
Watch the video below via NBC: