For the ninth annual Young Literati Toast on Saturday night, Chelsea Handler read a passage from Donald Trump’s 1987 autobiography, “The Art of the Deal.” However, she made sure to include her own commentary.
“I was browsing through the books in the library and came across a book that would change the course of my life forever,” said the 42-year-old comedian sarcastically, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter. “The story of this man’s struggles, successes and setbacks were exactly what I needed because of the impact it has made in my life.”
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles held the sold-out event in support of the Los Angeles Public Library at NeueHouse Hollywood. It was co-hosted by Tom Hanks’ son Colin, who serves as the Young Literati chair with good friend, actress Busy Phillips.
Several guests participated in speeches to reveal how libraries affected their lives growing up. According to Ken Brecher, president of the Library Foundation, more than 650,000 children would be given library cards due to the funds raised.
The last speaker of the night was Handler, who started her speech by sharing her love of reading.
“I was the youngest of six kids and my parents were big readers. They made me read because they thought I was going to be pretty and you have to back that up,” she joked. “I was so excited about being pretty, I was, like, ‘Sure, I’ll read.'”
The humorous speech quickly turned political after Handler read a passage from Trump’s autobiography.
“I think the way we have come together is so inspiring,” she explained. “I would have hoped that would have happened before the election, but I’ll f---ing take it because it’s so much better to be friends with people you would never talk to before just because we all know that Donald Trump is a f---ing loser.”