Dave Chappelle regrets saying we should give Donald Trump a chance
Dave Chappelle had a pretty much impossible task when he hosted “Saturday Night Live” just four days after the surprise results of the 2016 presidential election. He had to reintroduce himself to the public after being out of the spotlight for so many years, attempt to bring some sense to the shock much of the nation was feeling while still showing it was OK to laugh (and giving people something to laugh at, too). So it was understandable that Chappelle tried to end his tense monologue that night on an upbeat note, saying he wished Donald Trump luck and that “I’m going to give him a chance.”
A few months later, it seems like Trump has blown his chance. In a set at a Robin Hood NYC benefit on Monday night, Chappelle did something Donald Trump has never done: admitted he was wrong.
“I was the first guy on TV to say ‘Give Trump a chance,'” Chappelle said, according to Willie Geist of MSNBC. “I fucked up. Sorry.”
If you remember the monologue, the full quote Chappelle ended with is, “In that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. I’m going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”
Chappelle has had a strange return to the spotlight these past few months. While his SNL hosting gig was received positively, his two Netflix specials this year were very much not. Some critics said the jokes felt especially anachronistic and lame, playing off bits about transgendered people and semi-defenses of Bill Cosby that felt incredibly out of touch with the state of the world today.
But at least with this mea culpa on Trump, he shows he’s not totally out of sync with what’s been happening since November.