Comedian Aziz Ansari performed a monologue on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” that bashed not only President Donald Trump, but also his followers. While he urged Americans to treat each other with respect, he focused on the Women’s March on Washington, which happened earlier on January 21. “Yesterday, Trump was inaugurated. Today, an entire gender protested against him.”
He went on to address the millions of Americans who voted for Trump. Ansari said that Trump’s electoral victory had empowered a “tiny slice of people that have gotten way too fired up.”
“I’m talking about these people that, as soon as Trump won, they’re like, ‘We don’t have to pretend like we’re not racist anymore!’ ” he said. Ansari then gave a fist pump that morphed into a Nazi salute.
“No, no,” Ansari added. “If you’re one of these people, please go back to pretending.” Ansari cited what he called “this new lower-case K.K.K. movement that started — this kind of casual white supremacy,” which includes those who have told him go back to where he came from. Ansari was born in South Carolina. Referring to his critics, he said, “They’re not usually geography buffs.”
“My parents moved from India to South Carolina in the early ’80s,” Mr. Ansari said. “They didn’t move until nine years ago. You know where they moved? North Carolina. They love it here. They’re not leaving.”
Ansari went on to say, “I think Trump should make a speech. A real speech denouncing the lower-case K.K.K. Don’t tweet about me being lame or the show. Write a speech. A real speech.”
He recalled that as president, George W. Bush delivered a speech after 9/11 in which he said the terrorists did not represent Islam. “Everyone applauded — Democrats, Republicans, didn’t matter,” Ansari said. “It was not about politics. It was about basic human decency and remembering why the country was founded in the first place.”
“I was like, what the hell has happened?” he asked. “I’m sitting here wistfully watching old George W. Bush speeches?”
In conclusion, Ansari said that some viewers are fearful about the next four years. “If you’re excited about Trump, great,” he said. “He’s president. Let’s hope he does a great job. If you’re scared about Trump and you’re very worried, you’re going to be O.K., too.
“Because if you look at our country’s history,” Ansari continued, “change doesn’t come from presidents. Change comes from large groups of angry people. And if Day 1 is any indication, you are part of the largest group of angry people I have ever seen.”