Dave Chapelle Defends Trump Supporters – Says He Doesn’t See Them ‘As My Enemy’

Finally some reasonable thinking from the world of entertainment

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The liberal world of Hollywood is so vehemently anti-Donald Trump that it’s rare to see any entertainer say anything that humanizes the president’s supporters, as doing this can be considered risky to one’s career. That’s why it came as a refreshing surprise when comedian Dave Chappelle spoke out this week to defend Trump supporters, going so far as to say that he understands why people voted for him.

During a conversation with reporters in Iowa this week, Chappelle said that while he personally supporters the Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, he welcomes fans from all sides of the political spectrum, according to Daily Wire.

“I don’t look at Trump supporters as my enemy at all,” Chappelle explained. “I understand why people voted for Trump, I understand people are desperate. And I think that Andrew is right you run against the reasons that Trump got elected. I got friends on both sides of the political aisle, I got fans on both sides of the political aisle.”

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Though Chappelle does not identify as conservative, he has teamed up with those on the right in the past to combat cancel culture, something that he despises. After he was given the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor back in October, Chappelle gave an acceptance speech that was widely praised by conservatives in which he defended free speech.

“I like not knowin’ what’s going to happen. I like makin’ memories. Sometimes I do all this crazy s*** around my colleagues just so they can tell their friends I did it,” Chappelle said at the time. “Rather than talk about myself, just briefly, I want to just talk about my genre. Stand-up comedy is an incredibly American genre. I don’t think any other country can produce this many comedians. Unbeknownst to many people in this audience, I don’t think there’s opinion that exists in this country that is not represented in a comedy club by somebody. Each and every one of you has a chance of bein’ in the room.”

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“We watch you guys fight, but when we’re together, we talk it out. I know comics that are very racist, and I watch ‘em on stage, and everyone’s laughin’, I’m like, that motherf***** means it,” the renowned comedian continued. “Don’t get mad at ‘em, don’t hate ‘em, we go upstairs and have a beer and sometimes I even appreciate the artistry that they paint their racist opinions with. Man, it’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. The Second Amendment is just in case the first one doesn’t work out.”

Most entertainers avoid conservatives like the plague these days, so it’s nice to see someone as famous as Chappelle humanizing Trump supporters and saying that they have some good points of view. If only more celebrities would do the same thing.

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