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Since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency in 2016, pundits have offered many reasons for the businessman’s political ascent — his appeal to America’s white, working-class population, his promises to cut taxes and “drain the swamp.” In an appearance on Conan Thursday night, the multi-hyphenate actor-comedian-musician Jack Black offered another reason behind Donald Trump’s appeal: His egotism, which Black joked he stole from his band Tenacious D.
Tenacious D, composed of Black and vocalist and guitarist Kyle Gass, is known for ironically dedicating most of its songs to the singers’ skill in bed or on the stage. When host Conan O’Brien asked Black whether he thought Tenacious D’s shtick may have “influenced” Trump, Black unequivocally agreed.
“In fact, I feel like Donald Trump saw a Tenacious D concert,” Black said. “It’s like he saw us and said, ‘I’m going to use that technique. I’m the greatest president, I get all the best people’ … And then he f—kin’ used it and became president.”
Black joked that he now feels a bit guilty for pioneering the “technique.” “Now, when we go out and perform Tenacious D I always have a twinge of guilt because it’s like this evil f—king warlock stole our magic and took out all the irony. … And it worked, and now he’s destroying the universe,” Black said. “I’m sorry, America.”
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