Comedian Dave Chappelle, known for his razor-sharp and hilarious views on race in America, is officially apologizing for asking America to give Trump a chance.
Chappelle asked people to give Trump some time to settle into his role as President before judging him last year, during a monologue on Saturday Night Live that aired a few days after the election. But in a set the comedian performed at Caroline’s in New York, he told the audience that he regrets what he said.
“I Fucked Up. Sorry.”
Chappelle got right to the point with his apology, saying “I was the first guy on TV to say ‘Give Trump a chance.’ I fucked up. Sorry.”
That time when Dave Chappelle apologized for asking us to give Trump a chance… The self-proclaimed “Jane Goodall” of white people now has this to say about Trump’s instability, the Muslim ban, and what a black presidency was expected to look like #davechappelle #nyc @robinhoodnyc
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He went on to deliver a strong set that touched on exactly why he was wrong. Chappelle said, “Every day you wake up and you never know what [Trump] is going to do next.”
The comedian also touched on Trump’s racism and Islamophobia, bringing up the President’s failed Muslim ban, “Donald Trump said we shouldn’t let any Muslims into the United States ‘until we can figure out what’s going on.’ And I think that’s way out of step with the way people feel in America.”
Chappelle’s Controversial Monologue
At the time, his SNL monologue got some pushback from media critics who argued that giving Trump a chance to be Presidential, after spending most of his campaign behaving badly, was misguided.
Chappelle couched his call for tolerance with a plea for Trump to return the favor, saying at the time, “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.”
But clearly Chappelle doesn’t feel like Trump has held up his end of the bargain, and it’s hard to disagree with that sentiment.