Aziz Ansari: Don't let 'bozo' Trump define our country
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Comedian Aziz Ansari slammed President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE Thursday night, saying Americans can't let the "thoughts of this one bozo define us as a country."

“I know we’re living in a strange time and a lot of people seem to be losing faith in this country and the people in it, and I think it’s bullshit, man, because we can’t let the activities and ideas and thoughts of this one bozo define us as a country,” said Ansari at the 2016 American Ingenuity Awards in Washington, D.C.


“There’s millions of us that are doing amazing things, and let’s let that speak for us, not other people.”

Ansari, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and rock band OK Go, among others, were recognized at the award ceremony for their work and impact on American culture. The 2016 American Ingenuity Awards ceremony honors individuals who have made a significant mark in fields like technology, the performing arts, the sciences and social progress.

The event was hosted by Smithsonian Magazine at the National Portrait Gallery.

The recipients were a diverse group, including Marc Edwards and LeeAnne Walters for their efforts to help Flint, Mich., deal with its contaminated water crisis, and Sarah Parcak for her work in archaeology.

Ansari was honored for his Netflix original series, “Master of None.”

The ceremony turned political when Ansari took the stage to accept his award. A critic of Trump, he also penned an op-ed for The New York Times titled “Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family."

Ansari also joked that he didn’t fit in with the other recipients but said they share the same passion for change.

“The most personal is the most universal, and I think what I share with the people that won this award is we don’t wait for other people to open the door for us,” he said. “We just make our own door and we just try to get shit done.”

Ansari wasn’t the only recipient to acknowledge the president-elect during the ceremony.

Parcak said 2016 was a “year for repeating history.”

“If I told you about a head of state, known for shady business deals, despised by many, well known for his marriages and affairs, threatening people through certain power, obsessed with popularity ... I’d be describing Emperor Nero,” Parcak said.

She noted that although some Americans are worried about current affairs, her team’s archeological work and the work of the other award recipients is making a difference.

“We live in a time when many are afraid, due to climate change, unstable government, disease outbreaks and uncertain future of our country, but my colleagues and I have some perspective to share — we archeologists tilt at the windmills of human possibility,” Parcak said.