Kanye West Tells Shocked Concert Crowd: “If I Voted, I Would Have Voted for Trump”

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Kanye West on his ‘Saint Pablo’ tour

The singer saw immediate backlash.

Kanye West didn’t vote in the election, but if he had, he would have cast his ballot for President-elect Donald Trump. He also still plans to run for president in 2020.

Those were the announcements the singer dropped to a displeased California crowd during his Thursday night Saint Pablo Tour show in San Jose. “I told you I didn’t vote,” said West to concertgoers at the SAP Center. “But if I voted, I would have voted for Trump.”

The statement came amid a lengthy political rant during his show, where West discussed his own policy points and compared them to Trump’s. The hip hop star had famously announced his decision to run in 2020 during the 2015 VMAs and on Thursday, he also doubled down on that promise: “I will take position in 2020 and do it myself.”

His pro-Trump comments ignited waves of boos from the crowd, who, according to the many posts on social media, left the venue in droves.

Towards the end of his rant, West said, “That’s why ya’ll love me, became I’m me” to equal boos and cheers.

He then sang the first line of “Heartless” and had the crowd sing the second before stopping the track, again to boos. “I just said that I would have voted for Trump and then I did a song and ya’ll sang it at the top of your lungs,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that you’re a Trump supporter, that just means you’re okay with a celebrity having their own opinion, or that someone else is okay to have their own opinion that might not be your opinion, but you can still like that person or that person’s music.”

He also called out Dave Chappelle amid more booing, saying, “It’s okay. We can have opinions as celebrities. I know you said we couldn’t but thank you for breaking the ice on the mentality of a generation.”

On Friday, many Twitter users continued to react to West’s stance, with some referencing the 2005-Kanye West, who memorably said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a live concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

This isn’t the first time West has shown his fascination with Trump, as the rapper included the president-elect in his controversial “Famous” video earlier this year, where he and wife Kim Kardashian were seen naked in bed with a range of celebrity and political lookalikes.

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