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Donald Glover derisively thanks Trump after historic Emmy best actor win

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Donald Glover won best actor in a comedy series on Sunday night at the Primetime Emmy Awards — and took at shot at President Donald Trump during his acceptance speech.

The Atlanta star, who won earlier in the evening for directing, thanked his family and creative collaborators before giving a special shout-out to the president for “making black people No. 1 on the most-oppressed list.”

He added that Trump “is probably the reason I’m up here.”

Glover is the first black actor to win in the category since 1985, when Robert Guillaume won for Benson.

Debuting last fall, the absurdist FX comedy follows Earn (Glover), a penniless twentysomething trying to help his rapper cousin Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) scale the Atlanta music scene. Glover — who won the best comedy actor awards at both the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards for playing Earn — brought an effortless amount of a charisma to the role, making his easily unlikeable character, who isn’t the most dependable person, incredibly endearing.

“Donald understands that role of being somebody that’s kind of an outsider — a little bit everywhere, but definitely in Atlanta,” Stephen Glover, Donald’s brother and the show’s story editor, told EW. “People from Atlanta know that type of person and what that feeling is, and because Donald’s from Atlanta, he’s able to bring that emotion to it. I think it really feels true to him.”

Glover triumphed over Master of None‘s Aziz Ansari, Black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson, Baskets‘ Zach Galifianakis, Shameless‘ William H. Macy, and Transparent‘s Jeffrey Tambor. He also made history on Sunday for winning best directing in a comedy series, the first time a black filmmaker has won that award at the Emmys.

Atlanta is expected to begin production on season 2 this fall.