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WATCH: Dave Chappelle Says ‘I Don’t See Trump Supporters As My Enemy’
US comedian Dave Chappelle and recipient of the Mark Twain Award for American Humor arrives at the Kennedy Center for award ceremony on October 27, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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The politically incorrect comedian Dave Chappelle has bucked the liberal trend once again by declaring that Trump supporters are not his enemy.

Speaking to reporters this week in Iowa about why he supports presidential candidate Andrew Yang, Chappelle says that he welcomes people as fans from both sides of the political aisle, while also admitting that he understands why people voted for Trump. Take a look:

“I don’t look at Trump supporters as my enemy at all,” Chappelle told reporters. “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.”

As to why he supports Andrew Yang, Chappelle said the candidate has brought many “good ideas” to the table that nobody has previously addressed.

“A lot of people say professionally it’s not wise to support any candidate, but this idea is so good, that I think it should exist,” said Chappelle. “And I think the fountainhead of many of the good ideas on the table this year are coming from a single source — Andrew Yang. And for some reason, no one’s paying attention. This guy is the origin of a platform that really does address where I think the country needs to go.”

Chappelle announced his support for the “Yang Gang” earlier this month, when he pledged to perform several shows for his campaign.

“Thank you [Dave Chappelle] and welcome to the #yanggang,” Yang said in response to his endorsement. “You are the best. Let’s do this for our kids.”

While Dave Chappelle can in no way be classified as a conservative, he certainly has allied with conservatives in their fight against cancel culture. In October, while accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, he gave a fierce defense of 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. Rather than talk about myself, just briefly, I want to just talk about my genre. Stand-up comedy is an incredibly American genre,” he said. “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.”

“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,” Chappelle 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,” he added.

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