Dave Chappelle Wishes Donald Trump Luck in Saturday Night Live Monologue: 'I'm Going to Give Him a Chance'

Dave Chappelle wasted no time weighing in on Donald Trump, using his Saturday Night Live monologue to harp on the outcome of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

The comedian, who has publicly voiced his disdain for both the president-elect and Hillary Clinton, used his Studio 8H introduction to discuss America’s decision to elect its first “Internet troll.”

“I didn’t know that Donald Trump was going to win the election. I did suspect it,” he said. “I haven’t seen white people this mad since the O.J. [Simpson] verdict… 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.”

Moving forward, Chappelle said that a Trump presidency wasn’t the most important thing our country is dealing with, citing the record number of mass shootings and the need for a Black Lives Matter movement.

“Why do we have to say that Black Lives Matter?” he asked. “Now I admit, that is not the best slogan, but McDonald’s already took ‘You deserve a break today,’ and I guess it’s kind of catchy because everyone else is biting it. Even the police bite it. ‘Blues Lives Matter.’ What, were you born a police [officer]? That is not a blue life, that is a blue suit. If you don’t like it, take that suit off and find another job, because I’m going to tell you right now, if I could quit being black today, I’d be out of the game.”

Chappelle eventually circled back to the prez-elect. “I’m wishing Donald Trump luck,” he admitted. “I’m going to give him a chance, and we the historically disenfranchised demand that he give us one, too.”

What did you think of Chappelle’s SNL monologue? Watch it above, then grade it via our poll.

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41 Comments
  1. Amber says:

    And Now they’re trying to classify “Black lives matter” as a hate group. They’re trying so hard to oppose and silence us. This is going to be a rough 4 years for blacks in America.

  2. TV Gord says:

    That was a solid, funny, entertaining show from beginning to end!

    I don’t think I’ve been able to say that since Phil Hartman was around.

  3. Patrick says:

    I loved his monologue. I was an ardent supporter of HRC. But she lost and he won. We can debate the merits of the Electoral College all the live long day, but it is the law of the land as set forth in this nation’s most sacred document. So, he IS my, and our, President. Marches and screaming don’t change that.
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    But we can move forward from that. It is time to strategize, plan, and organize. He is OUR President. Let’s start beating his arse in the next go around, in 2 years, and let’s start RTFN.
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    I agree he should have a chance. As soon as he screws up, let’s jump on it. But the current hissy fit being thrown is accomplishing nothing.

    • peterwdawson says:

      Eh, maybe not nothing. While those among the protesters engaging in violet, riot-like acts are definitely not helping (and really accomplishing less than nothing), this is the second time in the past 20 years a candidate has won but lost the popular vote. Obviously we still need to honor the election results now but a re-evaluation of the pros and cons of the electoral college coming out of this might not be a bad idea. When people are emotional they make both irrational decisions but also look at what led to the incident and really evaluate the pros and cons, see if there’s a bipartisan approach that can make the system more robust.

      • Roxy says:

        The electoral college protects all citizens. Every state has representation, not just those most populated. It should never change.

        • Gospino says:

          Duh, every state still has representation with a popular vote too. One person, one vote, and it shouldn’t matter at all whether a person lives in a state with high or low population. The electoral college stinks and has done so for many years now. It’s useless and makes no sense. It is not fair if a candidate with 2 million votes while another gets 1.9 million yet candidate #1 receives all of that state’s electoral votes, thereby crapping on virtually half of those voters and saying their votes are worthless.

          • Marie says:

            If you go state-by-state with the popular vote, Trump won 29 states, Clinton won 20. Two states have not yet finished counting their votes: Michigan (Trump is ahead) and New Hampshire (Clinton is ahead.) The electoral college was set up so that no candidate could win simply by focusing on a handful of major cities. It allows for the entire country to be represented. BTW, no matter who the candidates are and no matter who wins, half of the country is unhappy.

        • It doesn’t feel like every state has representation. It feels like if you live in a hard blue or hard red state (I live in New York, for example), your vote doesn’t matter, because of the electoral college.
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          Considering NY didn’t come close to turning red for its own native son, I can pretty safely say that my voting for Democrats up and down the ballot doesn’t matter for the foreseeable future in the general presidential election, only for congressional and state office races.
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          I still vote, of course, but it stinks that the presidential candidates and their surrogates only canvass a select number of battleground states and basically don’t bother with the rest of us. I’m not sure how that presents as fair or equal representation, any way you slice it. The election has become about manipulating the feelings of certain demographics in certain areas of the country, as opposed to making a case to everyone equally.

          • Tom says:

            Michigan has been a hard blue state for two decades. This election, it is within 12,000 votes. You never know when yours will make a difference, but I always think it is important to say you cast a vote.

        • peterwdawson says:

          Oh every state is represented but the population differentiation ends up meaning an inidividual’s vote matters less when it comes to the college. It’s definitely better in some ways than sticking with a basic popular vote, but it isn’t perfect currently either.

  4. Ruth says:

    Thank you Dave !!! You are insightful, smart and witty. But more importantly your are open minded and helping this thing move forward.
    Love Trumps Hate

  5. Joe says:

    He makes it sound like he has a choice whether to give him a chance or not, lol.
    If he really wanted to give him a chance, he would have voted for him.
    Sounds more like cowtowing to me, lol!
    Plus, Donald’s SNL hosting was far more entertaining than his. He should ask Donald for his advice on witty humor.

    • Collette says:

      I disagree. It sounds like he’s subliminally messaging the black community to adopt a wait and see posture rather than assuming the worst and acting out. Good for him.

  6. Kerk says:

    Chance? When the attitudes towards minorities and women that Donald Trump has very openly promoted all this time become not only acceptable but electable the chance should be given to the people affected by his misogyny and racism. You are making things worse if you simply accept everything he has said and done as normal just because he is president. Power does not result in respect and in this case it shouldn’t

    • Roxy says:

      So I’m curious, what makes Trump a racist? Expecting illegal aliens to own up to the fact that they’re law breakers sucking off the American taxpayers? Or, is it that he clearly stated the fact that Mexico summarily dumps a large criminal element on us then won’t take them back when the judicial system tries to send them back? Why should Americans blindly accept illegal aliens from south of the border, but NOT from other counties? THAT’S RACIST. Special treatment for illegals from south of the border vs Asia or Africa or Europe? THAT’S RACIST. Protecting our sovereign border is a necessary fact of life in 2016. EVERYONE has an opportunity to immigrate LEGALLY, some do – millions don’t. We don’t need law breakers and those who game the system on American soil. Anchor babies will no longer be the golden ticket to illegals who are appropriating our American culture. Immigrate legally, or suffer the consequences. Oh….and to the parents of the children who have been used as pawns in the scheme to stay her — explain to your kids how you’ve used them. I’m sure they’ll appreciate some honesty from you. Then again, maybe not.

      • Look, I don’t want to get into it, because I think this is a completely pointless debate. But 1) birtherism, 2) saying the Central Park Five are still guilty when DNA exonerated them, 3) denying he knows who David Duke is when he’s on record talking about him previously, 4) housing discrimination against black tenants, 5) calling Alicia Machado “Miss Housekeeping,” 6) calling a renowned federal judge born in Indiana who fought the Mexican cartels, “a Mexican”…
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        There are literally tons of examples of Trump’s racist behavior. That said, I don’t actually believe he’s virulently racist like David Duke. But he’s extremely casual throwing around stereotypes and lumping people into giant groups.
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        I know conservatives get furious when they’re accused of being racists, because most of them actually aren’t. So wouldn’t it infuriate all Muslims to be lumped in with ISIS and told they’re not welcome in America? Wouldn’t it infuriate the Syrian refugees who haven’t been shown to prove any danger whatsoever? The most recent massacres carried out on American soil were by American citizens. As for illegal immigrants from our southern border, statistics show they are actually more law-abiding than average American citizens. So why are they the rapists and murderers, when regular white Americans commit more of those crimes per capita?
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        No one’s denying we have an immigration problem, or that undocumented immigrants have committed a crime. But we should be able to talk about the issue without demonizing huge swathes of folks as violent psychopaths. It’s exactly the complaint that most conservatives I talk to have about most liberals — that liberals want to lump conservatives into big groups of bigotry, when really only a small fraction of right-leaning voters actually fall into that category (and I know many conservatives would just as soon disown those voters). But how can you be upset about that, on the one hand, and then go and do the exact same thing to a different group of people?

  7. Jakob Helsel says:

    OK I’ve had enough of all this! All lives matter! A LOT to MOST of the “black shootings” are done by other African Americans, that’s a fact! You know I was in the military and it didn’t matter to me or the other guys n girls next to me, where you came from or what the hell you looked like, we took care of each other and respected one another, because that is all that we had at times. Now I work six days a week 8 hrs a day,just trying to take care of my baby girl. If these people protesting or the people shooting eachother, put that much effort into working or looking for a job. They would be to exhausted to fight, all I’m saying it that we all put our pants on the same way, one leg at a time. We need to all get along!

    • Shadwri says:

      Honey, can people who disagree stop bringing up irrelevant sentiments? (Because you can’t tout it as facts.) It doesn’t matter how many black people are shooting one another, that doesn’t give license for police officers to do it as well. Get it?
      And this movement isn’t just about shooting and killing, it’s about that unease you get passing a black person on the street and clutching your purse to your side, it’s about already looking disinterested before we even speak. Heck, it’s even about shoving our feelings to the side, and telling us to shut up, we DO value you, and things are good now for “the blacks”. All lives SHOULD matter, but they clearly don’t, because we are still not valued as much as others.

      • Gregory House. says:

        Princess, the focus on what ails the black community is akin to a paper cut with respect to police shootings rather than than the gaping chest wound that is black on black violence.
        That is not irrelevant.
        The fact that black lives matter less to other blacks is what should matter more.

    • jj. says:

      well evidently no ALL lives don’t matter. The president elect is on tape saying some truly horrendous things and many americans still voted for him. I fail to see the petitions, letters, op-ed pieces from pro-trump supporters condemning what he has said and urging him to apologize so it should not at all be surprising when LGBT, black, disabled, POW, gold star families, women, sexual abuse victims, muslim, mexican, and immigrant individuals feel that this is their country saying that their lives don’t matter

    • Just by way of explanation, “Black Lives Matter,” is a way of saying that they matter the same as everyone else’s. Yes, all lives matter. But African Americans in this country feel like they have to state that fact, because too often they are hurt or killed by authorities with seemingly little care or consequence. It seems to most of these communities that black lives matter LESS than over lives. “Black Lives Matter” is simply an affirmation, not a denigration of others’ lives.
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      And look, everyone knows it’s tough to be a police officer, especially in impoverished urban neighborhoods. We should definitely try to understand that police officers working in violent urban areas might be more inclined to see a black individual as a threat due to the realities of their job experience, regardless of any overt behavior on that individual’s part.
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      But it’s also incumbent on police — and the rest of us — to understand that perceiving African Americans as inherently dangerous because of their race is an enormous problem for all the perfectly law-abiding, hard-working black folks in America. They are quite literally at higher risk for being shot or killed simply because of their skin color, to say nothing of being arrested and jailed for crimes that a white person could get away with, if not entirely than at least with a much lighter punishment.
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      So we have to examine both sides of the argument. Despite voices on both sides that would have you believe it, supporting police and supporting African Americans who are being unjustly killed are not mutually exclusive. In fact, less of these police shootings would occur if police felt safer on the job.
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      To me that means better training, better technology, community outreach, and new recruitment efforts focused on pulling from the very communities they’re policing. To Trump that means more cops, more guns, more “law and order.” Truly, I don’t know what the right solution is, but we have to start being more honest with each other about the problem. We can defend our brave police officers while still admitting there’s work to be done.

  8. Collette says:

    It’s a shame that black leaders [and I’m not referring to agitators like Sharpton] don’t spend time and effort on the black on black mayhem and the serious breakdown of family values in the black community. IMO generations of Democratic manipulation among minorities to keep them downtrodden and obligated to vote Democratic has just blown up in Hillary’s face. The Dems never subscribed to the teach a man to fish and leaned heavily on the give a man a fish formula. Trump is far more centrist than most realize. I’m giving him a chance, too.

    • TV Gord says:

      The Black Lives Matter movement has nothing to do with Black-on-Black murders. You’re changing the subject in an attempt to deflect from the importance of the movement. Sure black people kill black people, just as white people kill white people. That’s more an issue of proximity than a concerted effort by black people to kill other black people. If you couldn’t change the subject and had to address the issue, I’d be interested in knowing what you would have to say.

      • Collette says:

        The subject is Dave Chappelle’s monologue about giving Trump a chance not the BLM movement. You are the one changing the subject.

        • TV Gord says:

          “It’s a shame that black leaders [and I’m not referring to agitators like Sharpton] don’t spend time and effort on the black on black mayhem and the serious breakdown of family values in the black community. IMO generations of Democratic manipulation among minorities to keep them downtrodden and obligated to vote Democratic has just blown up in Hillary’s face. The Dems never subscribed to the teach a man to fish and leaned heavily on the give a man a fish formula. Trump is far more centrist than most realize. I’m giving him a chance, too.”

          Is it really? What does this have to do with his monologue? The conversation evolved, and you are–again–trying to change the subject, because you can’t address the importance of the BLM movement. For a moment, there, I had hoped you would try to sincerely address it, but I guess you can’t.

    • This idea of “generations of Democratic manipulation” is completely false. Many examples bandied about of unhelpful Democratic mayors have been while they were operating under constraints set by Republican governors. There have been bad policies on both sides.
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      You can’t teach a man to fish in a pond with no fish. Or if you strand him in the desert. Our public schools are based on housing districts, and when African Americans can’t find good housing, they can’t find good schools, which leads to not finding good jobs, which leads to disenfranchisement, violence, and urban decay.
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      The fact is that African Americans want to work, learn, grow, and flourish. If you visit any black church in America, you’ll see that African Americans are in fact some of the most aspirational folks in our entire country. This idea that they just want handouts is an utter fallacy. The reality is that most of them work minimum wage jobs while providing for multiple children, which just barely allows them to cling to the most meager of living standards. No matter how intelligent or talented their children are, if they can’t move into a better school district to get a better education, they’re stuck. Conservatives I speak with seem to expect them to just pull themselves up by the bootstraps–but that’s hard to do when you don’t have any bootstraps.

  9. RT says:

    Thank you for posting last night’s monologue.
    We live in Raleigh, NC and the local station censored the show last night (It’s narrow-minded political correctness for correctness’ sake that leads to elections like we just had)! WRAL should lose their broadcast rights to shows too progressive for them to handle.

  10. Crackerhead says:

    What I saw was Dave Chappelle giving Trump and his agenda a thumbs up. He did say he was sticking around for his tax break. So I guess its ok that trumps is a self-professed pervert who has belittled every ethnic race except the white race,made fun of the disable,Said factory’s left because people make to much money.Promised to eliminate health care for millions and to voucher out medicare. Trump and the Pence are the closest thing to a nazi movement we have in this country. You know the tea party Do as we say or we will come after you. So what I saw on SNL was Dave Chappelle giving Trump his support.

  11. Kywhiteboy says:

    What I saw was Dave Chappelle giving Trump and his agenda a thumbs up. He did say he was sticking around for his tax break. So I guess its ok that trumps is a self-professed pervert who has belittled every ethnic race except the white race,made fun of the disable,Said factory’s left because people make to much money.Promised to eliminate health care for millions and to voucher out medicare. Trump and the Pence are the closest thing to a nazi movement we have in this country. You know the tea party Do as we say or we will come after you. So what I saw on SNL was Dave Chappelle giving Trump his support.