Dave Chappelle Regrets Previous Trump Comments: 'I Think The Rhetoric Of His Presidency Is Repugnant'

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In his "Saturday Night Live" monologue in 2016, the comedian said the country should give President Donald Trump a chance.
Paula Rogo Oct, 14, 2018

Comedian Dave Chappelle has always been free with his opinions, and the former “Chappelle’s Show” host did just that when he sat down with CNN’s Van Jones in an interview that aired Saturday.

For one, the comedian backtracked his call to give President Donald Trump a chance during his Saturday Night Live monologue soon after the 2016 presidential election.

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“Well, I don’t ever apologize,”Chappelle said during a segment on The Van Jones Show. “I said ‘I shouldn’t have said that shit.’”

“I think the rhetoric of his presidency is repugnant. I just don’t like the way he talks,” Chappelle said of Trump. “We’re living in a time where there’s got to be more cultural sensitivity.”

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He continued: “As a president of a country that’s as eclectic as ours … I just think that he’s speaking to a very small choir.”

Chappelle also touched on the bromance between the president and Kanye West, who gave a bizarre rant while visiting the White House earlier this week. CNN noted that Chappelle’s interview with Jones was taped before West’s meeting with Trump.

“First of all, you know, Kanye’s the artist, man. And he’s a genius,” Chappelle said.

“I think the angle he’s seeing things from is about the division that he sees,” he added. “And — and he’s not inconsistent with what he’s saying.”

However, Chappelle explained that he doesn’t think West should say some of the things that come out of his mouth.

“I’m not mad at Kanye. That’s my brother — I love him, I support him,” Chappelle added. “But, you know, I don’t have to agree with everything that he says … I just trust him as a person of intent. But yeah, he shouldn’t say all that s**t.”