Comedian Dave Chappelle took aim at white voters who backed President Donald Trump in his upcoming Netflix special.
In an excerpt of his upcoming “Equanimity” special, Chapelle explains how poor white people helped elect a guy who is fighting for the rich at their expense.
“I’ve never had a problem with white people ever in my life. But full disclosure, the poor whites are my least favorites,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of trouble out of them.”
“And I’ve never seen so many of them up close. I looked them right in their coal-smeared faces,” he quipped.
“And to my surprise, you know what I didn’t see? I didn’t see one deplorable face in that group,” he said, alluding to Hillary Clinton’s much-maligned branding of alt-right Trump supporters as “deplorables.” “I saw some angry faces and some determined faces, but they felt like decent folk.”
“In fact, I’m not even lying, not to sound f*cked up, but I felt sorry for them,” Chappelle adds. “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 — and I’m not with that sh*t.”
“And I stood with them in line like all of us Americans are required to do in a Democracy,” he continued. “And I listen to them. I listen to them say naive, poor white people things. ‘Man Donald Trump is gonna go to Washington and he’s going to fight for us.’”
“I’m standing there thinking in my mind, you dumb motherf*cker,” Chappelle says. “You are poor — he’s fighting for me!”
While Chappelle was talking about the lead-up to Trump’s election, his actions since becoming president have been even more contrary to his message on the campaign trail that seemingly only poor white people believed.
Trump began his tenure by appointing billionaires and millionaires to his cabinet and White House, hiring the likes of former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, former Goldman Sachs execs Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin to the top economic jobs in the country, and littered other billionaires like businessman Wilbur Ross (who actually doesn’t appear to be a billionaire at all) and World Wrestling Entertainment exec Linda McMahon throughout the nation’s top positions.
Most recently, he pushed a tax cut for corporations and the rich through Congress under the guise of a middle-class tax cut. While 95 percent of Americans are expected to see slightly lower taxes in 2018, the individual tax cuts expire while the reduction of the top tax bracket and the huge cut to corporate taxes are permanent.