Among the many accusations leveled at the Obama administration by Donald Trump’s people when they first moved into the White House in 2019 was the tale that outgoing staffers had left morale-wounding notes such as “You will fail” and “You aren’t going to make it” to welcome them. Although Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham walked back the allegations almost as soon as they were made, Dave Chappelle has come forward to set the record straight.
On Tuesday’s episode of Naomi Campbell’s YouTube show No Filter, the comedian revealed that the notes actually did exist—despite blanket denials by Team Obama members at the time—but the culprits were celebrity guests of the First Couple.
According to Chappelle, he personally witnessed the letter-writing hijinks while attending “one of the last big parties the Obamas threw.”
“Remember when the Trump administration moved in?” Chappelle asked. “They said ‘the Obama staff left dirty notes for us in all the drawers and all the cabinets.’ Now, I saw this happening. I’m not going to say who did it. But it was celebrities, writing all this crazy shit and putting them all over there. And I saw them doing it, so when I saw it on the news I laughed real hard.”
Chappelle also recalled how well the Secret Service treated him. When he made the “no-no” of forgetting his ID to enter the White House, they let him in, saying, “We know who you are.”
As Chappelle left the party, a Secret Service member bid him, “See you next time,” to which he replied, “Yep. See you next Black President.”
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