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Dave Chappelle wants everyone to know what he thinks about President Donald Trump supporters in the first trailer for his upcoming Netflix special, Equanimity.
In the first look released on Thursday, Chappelle reflects on Election Day, realizing it was the same day he realized the issue he has with white Americans. The relevant bit — though previously written and filmed — resonates in the wake of Republicans passing their tax-cut bill.
“I’ve never had a problem with white people ever in my life. Full disclosure: Poor whites are my least favorites,” the comedian joked. “We’ve got a lot of trouble out of them. And I’ve never seen so many of them up close. Looked them right in their coal-smeared faces. And to my surprise, you know what I didn’t see? I didn’t see one deplorable face in that group.”
Making a quip about the campaign-born nickname dubbed for Trump supporters, Chappelle explained how he “felt sorry for them.” He continued, “Saw some angry faces and some determined faces, but they felt like decent folk. … I know the game now. I know that rich white people call poor white people ‘trash.’ And the only reason I know that is because I made so much money last year, the rich whites told me they say it at a cocktail party.”
Chappelle also described the comments he overheard being made by Trump voters, something he failed to comprehend.
“I stood with them in line like all Americans are required to do in a democracy — nobody skips the line to vote — and I listened to them. I listened to them say naive poor white people things. ‘Man, Donald Trump’s gonna go to Washington and he’s gonna fight for us,'” he recalled. “I’m standing there thinking in my mind, ‘You dumb motherfucker. … You are poor. He’s fighting for me,” Chappelle joked, referencing his income.
Having already released two Netflix specials this year, Chappelle reportedly earned $60 million for the exclusive shows, the first for the comedian’s in over 12 years. “Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy — searing, vital and now more than ever, essential,” Netflix vp original documentary and comedy Lisa Nishimura said of Chappelle’s special trilogy for the streaming service. “Dave’s three new specials promise to be some of the most anticipated events in comedy.”
Following Neflix’s release, Comedy Central will broacast all 28 episodes of Chappelle’s Show on New Years Day, before the presentation of the comedian’s stand-up special, Killin’ Them Softly at midnight. The network’s “It’s a Celebration, Bitches” will begin at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT.
Chappelle’s third Netflix special, Equanimity, is available to stream Dec. 31.
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