Before Kanye Werst threw his weight behind President Trump, Dave Chappelle did. Now the comedian regrets doing so.
For an upcoming episode of CNN’s The Van Jones Show, Chappelle spoke about the time he advised Americans to “give (Donald) Trump a chance” shortly after the presidential election in 2016.
“It’s hard to tell where Trump ends and his constituency begins,” Chappelle told Van Jones. “I think the rhetoric of his politics is repugnant. I don’t like the way he talks.”
He continued, “I shouldn’t have said that [expletive], adding that the president lacks “cultural sensitivity.”
This isn’t the first time Chappelle has admitted that he was mistaken about President Trump, declaring in 2017 that he “[expletive] up.” Chappelle’s admission came after the president’s controversial Muslim travel ban.
Although Chappelle believes President Trump is “speaking to a small choir,” he indicated that he’s concerned about how people will get along after Trump leaves office.
“The thing that’s scary about this presidency is after it,” Chappelle said. “I don’t know if you’ve been married before or had a girlfriend and said something in a fight that was so wrong. And then after that, we’re still family, we’re still around each other. But man, I sure did say all that [expletive], didn’t I?”
Kanye West might not have any of his celebrity peers around him when President Trump’s tenure ends, as many have chosen to distance themselves from him now. RadarOnline reported that West’s longtime friends, Jay Z and Beyonce have severed all ties with the rapper.
After West’s Oval Office meeting on Thursday, several of his Hollywood counterparts took to social media to denounce his actions. Veteran CNN journalist Don Lemon described the sit-down with President Trump as a “minstrel show.”
Chappelle’s interview with Jones was conducted prior to West’s visit to the White House, but he was asked to weigh in on West’s comments about the Democratic Party.
On a track titled “Ye vs the People” featuring T.I., West compared the Democratic Party to a “plantation.”
First of all, you know, Kanye’s an artist, man, and he’s a genius,” Chappelle said of the MAGA-hat-wearing emcee. “Whatever he’s saying right now, I think that the angle he’s seeing things from is the division that he sees.”
He continued, “I’m not mad at Kanye, that’s my brother, I love him, I support him. But, you know, I don’t have to agree with everything that he says. I just trust as a person of intent. But year, he shouldn’t say all that [expletive].”
Jones’ interview with Chappelle is set to air at 7 p.m. ET Saturday on CNN.