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Comedian Chris Rock slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats for allowing the coronavirus pandemic to spread in the U.S. because they were so focused on impeachment.
Rock blamed Democrats during an interview with The New York Times because they “let the pandemic come in” to the country while they were obsessed with trying to remove President Trump from office. The 55-year-old actor did not let the president off the hook either, comparing Trump to a “five-year-old” while accusing both political parties of “fake news.”
“Republicans tell outright lies. Democrats leave out key pieces of the truth that would lead to a more nuanced argument. In a sense, it’s all fake news,” Rock said in the New York Times interview published Wednesday.
The comedian is starring in the fourth season of the FX crime drama “Fargo” which just finished filming after an interruption due to COVID-19. He discussed the months of lockdowns and postponed plans due to the pandemic and, at one point, recounted speaking with fellow comedian Dave Chapelle who held some live shows in July.
“Part of the reason we’re in the predicament we’re in is, the president’s a landlord. No one has less compassion for humans than a landlord,” he said, referring to Trump.
“Did you ever see that movie ‘The Last Emperor,’ where like a 5-year-old is the emperor of China? There’s a kid and he’s the king,” he continued, referring to the 1987 film.
“So I’m like, it’s all the Democrats’ fault. Because you knew that the emperor was 5-years-old. And when the emperor’s 5-years-old, they only lead in theory. There’s usually an adult who’s like, ‘OK, this is what we’re really going to do.’ And it was totally up to Pelosi and the Democrats,” Rock said.
“Their thing was, ‘We’re going to get him impeached,’ which was never going to happen. You let the pandemic come in,” he added. “Yes, we can blame Trump, but he’s really the 5-year-old.”
As the first known cases of COVID-19 began to be reported at the end of 2019 and in late January of 2020, the first known U.S. case was announced. The World Health Organization finally declared a public health emergency on January 31 and, just three days later, the Trump administration did the same.
But as the virus continued to spread, and was eventually declared a pandemic in early March, Democrats in Congress had been aggressively pursuing their impeachment circus, which began in September 2019 with the launch of a House inquiry. By January, lawmakers were engaged in an impeachment trial and the president was acquitted by the Senate in early February.
Rock’s interview with The Times covered many topics and, naturally, included discussions about the recent events in the nation as civil unrest grew into rioting in major U.S. cities. The “Grown Ups” actor described the protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor as the “second civil rights movement.”
“And Dr. King and those guys were amazing. But they knew nothing about money. They didn’t ask for anything. At the end of the day, the things we got — it was just, hey, can you guys be humane? All we got was, like, humanity,” he said.
“If they had it to do all over again, in hindsight, there would be some attention paid to the financial disparity of all the years of — let’s not even count slavery, let’s just count Jim Crow,” he added.
Rock revealed that he was not holding anything against his friend Jimmy Fallon after he impersonated the comedian while in blackface on Saturday Night Live back in 2000.
“Hey, man, I’m friends with Jimmy. Jimmy’s a great guy. And he didn’t mean anything. A lot of people want to say intention doesn’t matter, but it does. And I don’t think Jimmy Fallon intended to hurt me. And he didn’t,” Rock said, going on to respond to the wider push to remove past instances of blackface in the media.
“Blackface ain’t cool, OK? That’s my quote,” he said. “Blackface is bad. Who needs it? It’s so sad, we live in a world now where you have to say, I am so against cancer. ‘I just assumed you liked cancer.’ No, no, no, I am so against it. You have to state so many obvious things you’re against.”
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