“America has done it. We’ve actually elected an internet troll as our president.”
Everyone was waiting to her what Saturday Night Live would have to say about President-elect Donald Trump, and star comedian Dave Chappelle did not disappoint the audience.
“You know, I didn’t know that Donald Trump was going to win the election,” he said. “I did suspect 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.”
Chapelle mentioned the widespread protests across the US after the election, talking about how white and black Americans looked at them differently.
“I watched a White riot in Portland, Oregon, on television the other night,” he said. “The news said they did $1 million worth of damage. Every Black person was watching it like, ‘Amateurs!’ ”
The episode also featured hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton, though Alec Baldwin who has played Trump’s role this season gave it a miss. McKinnon sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, as a tribute (video below).
After her performance, she told audience members, “I’m not giving up and neither should you.”
Chappelle mentioned attending a party at the White House with Black guests (and Bradley Cooper) and how the occasion made him reflect on history.
“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 added: “So, in that spirit, 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.”