Leave it to Dave Chappelle to make everyone laugh again.
“You know, I didn’t know Donald Trump was gonna win the election,” Chappelle said. “I did suspect 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.
“But America’s done it, we’ve actually elected an Internet troll as our president,” he added.
“The whites are furious. I haven’t seen white people this mad since the O.J. verdict. It’s a split screen with white people on both sides — ahh! I’m not saying that I enjoy it, I’m just saying that I’ve never seen this before. I watched a white riot in Portland, Oregon, on the television on the other night. News said they did $1 million in damages the other night, black people watching were like, ‘Amateurs.’ ”
Chappelle also touched on other headline-making moments of the past year, including Harambe and the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Why do we have to say that black lives matter,” he asked. “Why do we have to say it? Now, I’ll admit that’s not the best slogan but McDonald’s already took ‘You deserve a break today.’ And I guess it’s kind of catchy because everyone is biting it. Police are biting it — ‘blue lives matter’ — what were you born a police, that is not a blue life. That’s a blue suit, you don’t like it, take the blue suit off and find a new job.
“I’d tell you right now, if I could quit being black today, I’d be out the game,” he said. “I did the next best thing, I became a rich black person.
The comedian also joked about Trump’s infamous comment about grabbing women “by the p——,” which led to Chappelle jokingly apologizing to creator Lorne Michaels about the joke. He also reflected on the White House’s BET party earlier this year, where he said he was moved by seeing all the “historically disenfranchised” people come together in the White House for a fun celebration.
However, Chappelle ended things on Trump, admitting that he was hoping that he would do a good job.
“I don’t know what he’s gonna do, but I know Obama did a good job,” he said. “I think we’ll all miss him when he’s gone … I’m wishing Donald Trump luck and I’m going to give him a a chance and we, the historically disenfranchised demand that he gives us one too.”
The show started off on a somber yet uplifting tone when Kate McKinnon, dressed as Clinton, sang Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” for the cold open.
Saturday Night Live airs Saturdays (11:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.