Dave Chappelle on SNL About Giving Trump a Chance
In 2 Powerful Sentences, SNL Host Dave Chappelle Explains Why He's Giving Trump a Chance
This week's Saturday Night Live episode spoke to a nation coming to terms with Donald Trump's election victory over Hillary Clinton. Aside from Kate McKinnon's incredible performance as Hillary Clinton singing "Hallelujah," the show's host Dave Chappelle gave a powerful monologue that ended with him saying he was going to give Trump a chance — but wanted something in return.
The last couple minutes of Dave Chappelle's #ChappelleOnSNL monologue. pic.twitter.com/PHyc2bbtay— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) November 13, 2016
Chappelle recalled going to the White House a few weeks ago for an event sponsored by BET and seeing many black people celebrating in the West Wing. He spoke about how black people were once unwelcome in the White House, so seeing this group was especially uplifting for him.
"I saw how happy everybody was, these people who have been historically disenfranchised, and it made me feel hopeful and it made me proud to be an American, and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country," he said. "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."
Later in the show, Chappelle and fellow comedian Chris Rock starred in a segment that reflected how many people felt on election night: disappointment and shock over Trump's win. But the duo perfectly captured how some black people and other minorities weren't shocked at all — they've known racism existed in this country all along.