Comedian Chris Rock spoke about the possible arrest of former President Donald Trump, joking that those who arrest him are “stupid” because they will likely just make Trump more popular.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, whose campaign was reportedly funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, is considering indicting Trump over “hush money” payments the former president allegedly made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016 to cover up an alleged affair.
Rock performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where a crowd of actors, comedians, and politicians gathered to honor actor and comedian Adam Sandler with the Mark Twain Prize, awarded to “the world’s greatest humorists.”
During his monologue, Rock “poked fun” at several politicians, including Trump and those contemplating arresting him.
“Are you stupid?” Rock, 58, joked to a crowd that included notable politicians such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“Are you guys really going to arrest Trump?” Rock asked. “Do you know this is only going to make him more popular?”
CHRIS ROCK: “Are you guys really going to arrest Trump? Do you know this is only going to make him more popular?”
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Rock compared arresting Trump to arresting Tupac Shakur, an American rapper that-was-killed in Las Vegas in 1996. “It’s like arresting Tupac. He’s just gonna sell more records,” he explained.
Rock joked that the “hush-money” payments Trump allegedly made to Daniels were a “romantic” gesture to keep former first lady Melania Trump from knowing about her husband’s alleged affair.
“We’ve all been cheated on. Don’t you wish that the person that cheated on you paid off somebody so you wouldn’t find out? That’s romantic!” he insisted.
Despite warning lawmakers that indicting Trump would be a mistake, Rock criticized the former president’s record in office.
“Trump was so bad as a president, he was so bad that Joe Biden had to burst off a monument. Biden was dead for 16 years,” Rock said, joking about President Joe Biden’s age.
Several comedians spoke about the difficulties of making people laugh due to the “woke” socio-political climate.
“Comedians are trying to make you laugh, and that’s what the goal is. Yeah, it’s more hypersensitive than it’s ever been,” Sandler said, referencing the socio-political climate, “but we’re gonna be alright.”
Comedian David Spade, who has appeared in several films alongside Sandler, began his praise of his colleague by addressing the “woke times we live in.”
“In these woke times we live in the one person who would not win the Mark Twain Prize was Mark Twain. He had some iffy material,” Spade said.
Sandler is best known for several comedy movies he appeared in the 1990s and 2000s, such as: “The Wedding Singer,” “Billy Madison,” “Happy Gilmore,” “Grown Ups,” and the “Longest Yard.”
Recently, he starred in a Netflix film with Jennifer Aniston called “Murder Mystery.” Aniston also attended the award ceremony.