Dave Chappelle Said Trump ‘Broke The Ice’ For Him To Get Into Politics
Dave Chappelle made his return to television after a 12-year hiatus just after Donald Trump won the presidential election against Hilary Clinton — and the timing was no coincidence.
The 43-year-old comic hosted “Saturday Night Live” for the first time just days after Trump won and anti-Trump protests broke out around the country. Those who tuned in, both Trump and Hillary supporters and those in between, were probably all able to laugh about it. Chappelle has a way of blurring party lines with comedy. Perhaps that’s part of the reason he’s considered getting into politics.
Chappelle thought it was pretty risky of “SNL” to have him host at such a time, especially with his reputation for being “unpredictable,” he told T Magazine in an interview published Wednesday. The comedian said that for him the moment “felt bigger than Trump winning the election.”
“Trump winning the election felt like a force of nature. Me coming back to television in that fashion felt like the arduous task,” he said.
“Whites are furious,” Chappelle said in his “SNL” opening monologue. “Never seen anything like this. I haven’t seen white people this mad since the O.J. Simpson verdict.”
“I’ve never seen this before. I watched a white riot in Portland, Oregon on television the other night. The news said they did a million dollars worth of damage. I’m staying out of it. I’m just going to take a knee like Colin Kaepernick and let the whites figure this out amongst themselves.”
Chappelle fired jokes at both Hillary and Trump during his opening monologue and throughout the night, but delivered a message of peace as the protests continued around the country.
“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,” he concluded in his opening bit.
As far as considering politics himself, Chapelle said: “I’ve thought about it, but I don’t think I would do something like that unless I was confident that I could be effective.”
“Right now I feel like just using my voice, like anyone else in the community. But political aspirations as a comedian — I’ve said so much wild [expletive] in my life,” he admitted.
If he were to give politics a shot though, Chappelle said that Trump being elected certainly made it more of a possibility, telling T Magazine, “he really broke the ice.”
But he added that “as bad as things feel right now, I can see the common denominators on both sides, and it’s not as divided as people believe.”