Kanye West, who famously declared his intention to run for President of the United States in 2020, stunned his California audience on Thursday night by announcing that he did not vote, but if he did, the Life Of Pablo rapper “would have voted for Trump,” according to CNN.
“I told you I didn’t vote… But, if I voted, I would have voted for Trump.”
Could this be the first of many campaign stunts to come?
At the San Jose concert, West said that he was told that he should avoid praising Trump due to his celebrity status. Kanye told the crowd that Trump’s rhetorical style was not just “entertaining—I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius, because it f***ing worked.”
“This is my platform and I’m going to talk about the paradigm shift that’s happening right now.”
“There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I like, that I feel were very futuristic. And that style, and that method of communication has proven that it can beat a politically correct way of communication. And I f*** with that.”
Kanye’s endorsement for Donald Trump, who is now President-elect, was a little too late. According to CNN, Kanye took a moment in between songs during his show at the SAP Center on Thursday night, to show his support for Trump, but was booed by a large section of the audience.
West, who once told millions of viewers while live on MTV that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” is now urging African-Americans to “stop focusing on racism” because “this world is racist, okay?” Trump’s election has resulted in protests throughout America and a spike in hate crimes, according to CNN.
A concert-goer captured this controversial moment. There were tons of boos in the crowd, but a few audience members can be heard clapping from afar.
A fan who was at the concert, who only identified himself as “Raptor” to Daily News, said that West’s post-election Trump endorsement was the least controversial thing the rapper said during the two-hour show. “Raptor” told the Daily News that West interrupted the show at least 15 times to hold tangent-like monologues on politics.
“He said that black people should get over racism and that they need to stop complaining about racism.”
Fans immediately took to Twitter to vent their frustration with the Life Of Pablo rapper. One fan mentioned, the concert “was not the move,” and that West “lost me at ‘I would have voted for Trump.'”
Many fans felt this controversial act was Kanye’s last straw.
“This isn’t surprising. Kanye loves sensationalism and wants influence — two things that Trump possesses.”
Many are familiar with Trump’s backside thanks to the visuals given in Kanye’s music video for his song, “Famous.” Wax replicas of Kanye and Kim Kardashian appeared to be sleeping in a large bed alongside other celebs said to be Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, and Chris Brown.
Last year President Barack Obama addressed West’s intention to run for President, joking that the rapper was running “for Speaker of the House,” and said, “it couldn’t get any stranger,” according to CNN.
“I’m a human being too, I have feelings, I liked the debates, I’m a guy and a rapper, I’m a non-political rebel, the debates were entertaining.”
Kanye said he’s set on becoming “a different type of President” when he runs in 2020, according to Daily News.
“Echoing is what made people think Hillary was going to win; you thought because what the Internet was telling you, that she was gonna win.”
“I don’t say 2020 because, out of disrespect to our president at all. I’m not saying that, ‘oh man, that just means that anybody can win.’ That’s not what I’m saying when I say 2020… I’ve just said I’ve got some ideas about the way we should connect our ideas. That we should use opposite parties. That the republicans, that the democrats, that everyone that ran that had an idea that people agreed with should be the collective ideas that are used to run the country.”
West said the public outbursts of racism and hate speech don’t phase him because, “they exposing themselves, bro.”
“Sometimes things that you might think are bad need to happen, in order for change to f***ing happen. Sometimes you might have to not get your way to really understand what to do in the future, to be able to get your way.”
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