Dave Chappelle: Trump Gets ‘Too Much Credit’ for Country’s Problems


Dave Chappelle says President Trump gets “too much credit” for America’s current state of affairs when he’s actually symptomatic of a bigger phenomenon the country is going through.

Chappelle and fellow comedian Jon Stewart gave an interview to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour this week, and he said that Trump’s election to the presidency is not solely responsible for America’s divided sociopolitical condition. He made this point by saying that, whether Russia interfered with the election or not, it doesn’t explain how America is currently in a quagmire over racism and similar issues.

“Even when they say that Russia influenced the election, it’s kind of like, is Russia making us racist?” Chapelle jokingly asked. “Is that who’s doing it? Oh okay, thank goodness, I thought it was us.”

Chapelle continued to say that he rejects the notion of the “Trump era” because “he’s not making the wave. He’s surfing it.”

When Trump won the presidency in 2016, Chappelle hosted the post-election episode of Saturday Night Live and gave a monologue on how he would give Trump a chance to lead the country. When asked if Trump has made the most of that chance, Chappelle said his words were “the right thing at the right time,” but “it’s been very difficult to watch the last couple of years.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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