Dave Chappelle explained statements he made in favor of President Trump last November when he hosted “Saturday Night Live,” during a Wednesday appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”
“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,” he said in his opening monologue, to the chagrin of many on the left.
He apologized for that in May at a New York benefit show, saying “I was the first guy on TV to say ‘give Trump a chance.’ I f–ed up. Sorry.” On Wednesday, Colbert revisited Chappelle’s comments, asking the comedian what he thinks about Trump now.
“Now that we’re seven, eight months in, how do you feel about the chances that [Trump’s] been given?” the late night host asked.
“It’s not like I wanted to give him a chance that night,” Chappelle said. “Listen man, in the last six months, I think we’re all getting an education about the the presidency. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard in popular discourse people discussing ethics this much. I didn’t even know how ethics were necessarily supposed to work at that level of the government, and he’s putting all this stuff on the forefront.”
“Well, no one really talks about oxygen till someone has hands around your throat,” Colbert joked.
“I feel like a lot of white Americans got to see what an election night feels like for many black Americans, every cycle,” he continued, talking about the shock many Americans felt when Trump beat Hillary Clinton.
While Chappelle doesn’t like Trump, he sees his presidency as an opportunity to learn, saying “He’s going to make a more informed and better voter.”
“He’s a polarizing dude, he’s like a bad DJ at a good party,” Chappelle concluded.
Watch the full clip from “The Late Show” above.