Dave Chappelle is revealing more details in the infamous derogatory notes that some members of Donald Trump’s team said they received when Trump moved to the White House in 2017.
At the time, it was called the validity of the claims that messages with “you will fail” and “you will not make it” – which were left in various offices along with a series of “Obama books” in question, as advisers ex-President Barack Obama vehemently denied that they were responsible for such youthful riddles.
Now Obama’s longtime comedian and friend Dave Chappelle said the messages existed but were left by celebrities who joked around during a closing party for the Obama administration.
“Remember when the Trump administration took action, they said the Obama team left dirty notes for us in all the drawers and all the cabinets?” Chappelle said on Naomi Campbell’s “No Filter” series on YouTube on Tuesday.
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“I saw this happening,” said the headliner for “Sticks and Stones”. “I’m not going to say who did it, but it was the celebrities, writing all these crazy things and putting everyone there. I saw them doing it, so when I saw it on the news, I laughed a lot.”
In November 2019, former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham – who took office in the Trump administration after her predecessor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, resigned earlier that year – claimed that members of the Obama administration left derogatory notes for their substitutes.
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“We came to the White House. I’ll tell you what, each office was full of Obama books and we had notes that said ‘you’re going to fail’, ‘you’re not going to make it’,” said Grisham. .
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Cody Keenan, former President Obama’s speechwriter, tweeted at the time when he left behind an iPhone charger, but that “no one left imaginative notes written on a sixth grade level.”
He also wrote: “I mean, if they read the memos on ‘how to do their job’ and the instruction books that we actually left, they would at least know how to write a coherent speech, evaluate their nominees and maybe less be indicted or go to the prison. “
Other former Obama advisers, including speechwriter Jon Favreau and Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, also denied writing the notes.
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Meanwhile, the predecessor of the east wing of Grisham, Joanna Rosholm, tweeted the moment the note she left said, “Welcome to the small family of White House employees, past and present.”
Grisham clarified that he was referring specifically to his experience in the press office.
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“At the time, we saw it as something of a joke and something that always happened. We were so busy trying to figure out where the restrooms were and how to turn on the lights that it wasn’t a big deal.”
Sam Dorman of Fox News contributed to this report.