​"He’s not making the wave; he’s surfing it."


Comedian Dave Chapelle doused the country's fixation on President Donald Trump with cold water in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour that aired Tuesday.


"I would not even name the era after him," Chapelle said in response to Amanpour querying whether the "Trump era" was good fodder for ​comedians. "He’s getting too much credit. He’s not making the wave; he’s surfing it."

“All he does is sing those people’s greatest hits ― build a wall, all those things we’ve heard before. He just sings all the songs. He’s the only one that’s been brash enough to do it," he added.


Since announcing his candidacy for president in 2016, ​Trump has been a nearly ubiquitous presence on cable news, Twitter, and on the lips of his -- mostly liberal -- critics.


Would the country be better off if Americans stopped letting Trump live rent-free in their heads? Chapelle, while not wholly uncritical of the president, seemed to suggest the United States' problems are bigger than Trump. 


“Even when they say that Russia influenced the election, it’s kind of like, is Russia making us racist? Is that who’s doing it?” Chappelle joked early on in his interview with Amanpour. “Oh oh, thank goodness, I thought it was us.”


In 2016, while hosting "Saturday Night Live," the comedian ​wished Trump luck and said he would "give him a chance."


Cover image: Dave Chapelle is interviewed by Christian Amanpour for a CNN interview airing October 30, 2018. (Screenshot from Twitter)