Recall, if you will, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Not the crowds as small as his hands or the deranged “American Carnage” speech, but how many well-meaning people, many of them liberal, took to social media to admonish the opposition to “Respect the office of the presidency”, “If he fails, America fails” and “Give Trump a chance.”
Most famously, comedian Dave Chappelle urged America to keep an open mind when he hosted the first Saturday Night Live following the election.
A lot has happened since Election Day. One wonders if Dave Chappelle still stands by what he said in those punch-drunk days of 2016.
Six months later, Chappelle is taking it back. During his set at the Robin Hood Gala in New York on Monday, he offered up an apology for those choice words during his monologue, according to NBC’s Willie Geist, who was in the audience. “I was the first guy on TV to say ‘Give Trump a chance,’” he told the crowd. “I f—ed up. Sorry.”
Whether or not he deserved it or not, Donald Trump was given the benefit of the doubt. As Chappell discovered, when you play a game of chance, the odds tend not to be in your favor.
(Year Zero/Day One Hundred and Seventeen)