Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump was conspicuously absent from this week’s Saturday Night Live, with the show’s cold open instead focusing on Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, who performed a poignant rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
The show left the political jabs to host Dave Chappelle, who opened his monologue by noting, “I didn’t know that Donald Trump was gonna win the election â I did suspect it. It seemed like Hillary was doing well in the polls, and yet…
“I know the whites. You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be.”
He continued, “America’s done it, we’ve actually elected an internet troll as our president. The whites are furiousâ¦I haven’t seen white people this mad since the O.J. verdict.”
Chappelle also skewered Trump’s now infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which he boasted about sexually assaulting women by grabbing their genitalia without their consent.
“I feel bad saying it, I’m staying in a Trump hotel right now. I donât know if he’s gonna make a good president, but he makes a swell hotel suite,” Chappelle noted. “Housekeeping comes in in the morning, cleans my room, I say ‘hey, good morning, housekeeping,’ grab a big handful of pussy … Say, ‘boss said it was okay.'”
Chappelle also tackled this year’s rash of mass shootings, including the Pulse nightclub attack, as well as the death of Harambe the gorilla, the Black Lives Matter movement and the difficulties he’s encountered since becoming wealthy.
“All my black friends who have money said the same thing when Trump got elected: ‘that’s it, bro, I’m out, I’m leaving the country. You coming with us?’ Nah, I’m good, I’m gonna stay here and get this tax break, see how it works out.”
Despite a few pointed remarks directed at both Trump and the reaction to the election results, Chappelle ended by recounting a story about a recent party he attended at the White House. He explained how powerful it was to see that “everyone in there was black, apart from Bradley Cooper for some reason.”
“I saw how happy everybody was, these people who had been historically disenfranchised, and it made me feel hopeful, and it made me feel proud to be an American, and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country,” he said.
“So, in that spirit, Iâm wishing Donald Trump luck. Iâm going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”
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