An afternoon and evening of celebrities celebrating Joe Biden’s projected victory on social media yesterday was capped by comedian Dave Chappelle targeting President Donald Trump with punchlines on “Saturday Night Live.”
Four years after Chappelle appeared on SNL and said, “I’m going to give him a chance” after the 2016 election, he joked about Trump on the day that his ouster was widely projected.
“I thought the guy was at least an optimist,” Chappelle said. “I’m not as optimistic as he was. I look at it like, ‘There’s bad people on both sides.’”
That was a reference to President Trump’s contention that there were “very fine people on both sides” after the violent white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017.
“He called the coronavirus the ‘kung flu,’” Chappelle said. “I said, ‘You racist, hilarious son of a b—-. I’m supposed to say that, not you. It’s wrong when you say it.’”
Also on the pandemic, he said, “Trump getting coronavirus was like when Freddie Mercury got AIDS. Nobody was like, ‘Well, how did he get it?’”
Chappelle recalled how often mass shootings were occurring before the coronavirus pandemic and said, “Thank God for COVID,” because it kept “murderous whites” at home. He also joked about poor white people not wanting to wear masks to protect against COVID-19, but wearing masks at Ku Klux Klan rallies.
Other stars used social media to hail Joe Biden’s projected victory.
Barbara Streisand wrote, “Honesty and integrity won out.” Stephen King wrote, “This wretched, wretched presidency is coming to an end.” Amy Schumer wrote, “Anyone else crying like a monster?” Pink wrote, “I was overwhelmed with relief for this country.”
Jason Alexander, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Shakira and Bette Midler were among the others rejoicing in the Biden win, but “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus delivered the most clever line: “‘Madam Vice President’ is no longer a fictional character.”