Chappelle also spoke about why he believes in Yang’s “Freedom Dividend.”
At the end of a standup routine, Wednesday night Chappelle shared that Yang “has got some (expletive) fantastic ideas,” reports the Post and Courier. This was directly speaking to Yang’s proposal that each American should receive $1,000 every month, this is referred to as the “Freedom Dividend.”
Ahead of the show, Chappelle visited Yang’s campaign headquarters in South Carolina to meet with supporters and also make a few phone calls to voters. During one phone call with a voter, he said, “I’m a world-famous comedian.” This strategically took place one month out from SC’s Democratic presidential primary on February 29. Chapelle had two more shows this week which were intended to benefit Yang, proceeds reportedly are going to his campaign.
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At his standup, Chappelle also said:
“This guy was incredibly inspiring to be around. He had a fighting spirit, and I think we’re going to make a lot of noise coming up. And I don’t know about you, but I already know what I’m going to do with my $12,000.”
The $12,000 he’s referring to was a talking point he used previously in Ohio. While campaigning for Yang in Dayton, he shared that a third of the people there are living below the poverty line. According to ProPublica, more than a third of Dayton’s population does, in fact, live in poverty. Chappelle candidly declared that he believes if a poll was given there, the population would select $12,000 over health insurance.
Chappelle later shared that he had previously spent an evening with both Yang and Bernie Sanders’ campaign “But you know, we’re all on the same team, man. We’re all doing the same fight. May the best one win. And I just hope a lot of people are aware of the option that Andrew Yang has presented. So let’s get out there and spread the word.”
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