Dave Chappelle has an odd connection to Donald Trump.
The celebrated comic vowed to give President-Elect Trump a chance shortly after the election. He did so during a hosting appearance on “Saturday Night Live.” That came in stark contrast to the “Trump is Hitler” cry coming from peers like Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman.
Some time later, Chappelle amended those comments during an appearance on the liberal “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
“It’s not like I wanted to give him a chance,” he told Colbert, laughing. “He’s like a bad DJ at a good party.”
Now, the comedian is turning on Trump’s fan base. In particular? Poor whites who resonated with Trump’s message.
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The Netflix star didn’t dig into those subjects in a teaser video for his new Netflix comedy special. “Chappelle: Equanimity.” The routine, debuting Dec. 31 on the streaming service, offers an angrier Chappelle willing to lash out at those without the benefit of a punchline.
“I’ve never had a problem with white people ever in my life, but, full disclosure, poor whites are my least favorites. We’ve got a lot of trouble out of them. And I’ve never seen so many of them up close,” Chappelle says.
The rise of Trump changed that.
“I looked right in their coal-smeared faces … they felt like decent folks … I felt sorry for them. I know the game now. I know that rich white people call poor white people trash. And the only reason I know that is I made so much money last year the rich whites told me they say it at the cocktail parties. And I’m not with that sh**.”
“I listened to them say naive, poor white people things. ‘Man, Donald Trump is gonna go to Warsh-ington and he’s gonna fight for us,'” Chappelle says in an insulting, hillbilly accident. “I’m standing there, thinking in my mind, ‘You dumb motherf***ers. You are poor. He’s fighting for me.”
Under Trump, the unemployment rate has dropped to a 17-year low. The just-passed tax reform package means the the child tax credit will be $2,000, twice the existing amount. The first year of the Trump era also saw a record low in the manufacturing unemployment rate.