Watch Dave Chappelle’s edgy ‘SNL’ opening monologue

Chappelle didn't let anyone off the hook — republican or democrat — during his set.

Dave Chappelle wasn’t going to let anyone off the hook — republican or democrat — during his lengthy opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live.”

When Chappelle hosted “SNL” following the 2016 election, he concluded his opening monologue by wishing Trump luck and saying he would give him a chance as president.

Chappelle gave Trump a modicum of credit during his 2020 monologue as well, calling him an “optimist,” and conceding that the president is “hilarious.”

“He called the coronavirus the kung flu!” Chappelle said. “I said, ‘You racist, hilarious son of a b****! I’m supposed to say that, not you! It’s wrong when you say it.’”


Chappelle did, however, criticize Trump for “guessing” at coronavirus cures live on stage, and for saving the best health care for himself while letting close ally Herman Cain die of COVID-19 he contracted after attending a Trump rally.

“Think about that! For four years, that’s your leader,” Chappelle said. “What kind of man does that? What kind of man makes sure he’s OK while his friends fight for their lives and die? A white man. And I don’t mean to put this on the whites, but I’ve been Black a long time, and I’ve noticed a pattern.”

In the end, Chappelle made a callback to his 2016 monologue, imploring audience members to have empathy for Trump supporters.

“It’s good to be a humble winner,” Chappell said. “Remember when I was here four years ago? Remember how bad that felt? Remember that half the country, right now, still feels that way. Please remember that.”

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