Dave Chappelle hosted the first Saturday Night Live after the presidential election and it was clear the show had to rush to respond to Donald Trump’s surprise win. For the cold open, Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton only performed a stripped down version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with no sign of Alec Baldwin’s Trump. And the actual election sketches seemed thrown together as, in one, Chappelle and Chris Rock just remarked on racism while watching election results with white people (See below). But luckily for ‘SNL,’ they booked a stand-up comedian who could use 12 minutes of showtime to comment on everything from Trump protests to Harambe, then end with two minutes of poignant storytelling and a message of hope.
“I didn’t know that Donald Trump was going to win the election. I did suspect it. It seemed like Hillary was doing well in the polls and yet — I know the whites. You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be,” Chappelle said.
“But America’s done it. We’ve actually elected an Internet troll as our president. The whites were furious. I’ve never seen anything like it. I haven’t seen whites this mad since the O.J. verdict.”
“Donald Trump, he did it. He’s our president,” he went on. “I feel bad saying it. I’m staying at the Trump Hotel right now. I don’t know if he’s going to make a good president, but he makes a swell hotel suite, Imma tell you that. Housekeeping comes in in the morning, cleans my room. And I just, ‘Hey, good morning, housekeeping.’ Grab a big handful of pussy, and say, you know, ‘Boss said it was okay.'”
He then told a story about his recent visit to the White House in which the BET hosted an event and invited a room full of African Americans. “These people who had been historically disenfranchised. It made me feel hopeful and it made me feel proud to be an American and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country.
“So, in that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. And I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too. Thank you very much.”