Dave Chappelle has thrown his hat into the political conversation just days before the deciding vote for the next President of the United States. The comedian slammed Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton while also denying claims he’s in support of her Republican Party rival, Donald Trump.
The Observer stated in their report that Chappelle has been warming up with secret gigs in New York City ahead of his Saturday Night Live gig this coming Saturday (Nov. 12). The publication stated that for nearly an hour, Chappelle shocked the crowd with jokes that seemingly showed a support for Trump over Clinton although Chappelle’s reps have denied any such claims.
The Observer writes:
He was particularly agitated about what he believes was Clinton’s role in leaking a surreptitiously recorded conversation between Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and TV personality Billy Bush. “What I heard on that tape was gross,” Chappelle said. “But the way I got to hear it was even more gross. You know that came directly from Hillary.” He stated this had put him off a candidate he had already known was “not right.” He likened voting for her to a hypothetical situation of actress Halle Berry breaking wind in his face during sexual relations. “I’m still going to go for it,” he said. “But I wish she hadn’t done that thing.”
Chappelle further shocked the New York crowd by defending Trump. He took issue with the media stating as fact that Trump had admitted committing sexual assault in the recorded conversation. “Sexual assault? It wasn’t. He said, ‘And when you’re a star, they let you do it.’ That phrase implies consent. I just don’t like the way the media twisted that whole thing. Nobody questioned it.”
Chappelle took umbrage with the characterization by the Observer that he was pro-Trump according to a TMZ report, prompting the comedian to lash out at the Observer for not including portions of his routine in where he went after the business mogul.
As noted in the piece, Chappelle has already cast his vote for Clinton in early voting.