If that was Kanye West’s way of announcing his candidacy, it could have gone better. On Thursday night, the 39-year-old rapper arrived late to his San Jose concert. Instead of jumping into his set list, West opted to rant about this year’s presidential election.
“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I were to vote, I would have voted on Trump,” he told the crowd, who immediately began booing him.
"I would have voted for Trump." - Kanye West pic.twitter.com/g9qxaT7aRc— billy (@billycrossover) November 18, 2016
He continued to talk about why he supported the president-elect before transitioning into his song, “Heartless.” Just moments in, he stopped the music as the audience loudly objected.
“I just said that I would have voted for Donald Trump and then I did a song and y’all sang it at the top of your lungs,” he noted. “That doesn’t mean that you’re a Trump supporter. That just means you ok with a celebrity having their own opinion. Or that someone else is ok to have their own opinion. That might not be your opinion but you can still like that person or still like that person’s music.”
He went on to call out last week’s Saturday Night Live host, Dave Chappelle, saying, “Dave Chapelle, it’s ok. We can have opinions as celebrities. I know you said we couldn’t, but thank you for breaking the ice on a mentality of a generation.”
Kanye West tonight speaking on racism in America. "Specifically to black people, stop talking about race so much." pic.twitter.com/HTWlJgdq7E— Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) November 18, 2016
He also sparked audible criticism when he started talking about racism, saying, “Specifically to black people, stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, ok? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s just a f**king fact. We are in a racist country. Period… Not one or the other candidate was going to instantly change that.”
When Kanye announces he's running in 2020 pic.twitter.com/R1VuIo1b0d— Mikaela (@WhiteMikaela) November 18, 2016
After previously announcing his intention to run for president at the MTV VMAs in August 2015, West confirmed that he still plans to do so, saying, “I will take position in 2020 and do it myself.”
West’s statements caused lots of controversy among his fans who took to Twitter to talk about the concert and slam him. Here are some of their tweets:
LMAO kanye just freestyled at his concert and said "I hope they build the wall,I hope they get rid of them all" 😒😒😒— Jonn. (@JonnGrey) November 18, 2016
Kanye just said he would’ve voted Trump. San Jose is packing its bags up.— Rahul Krishnakumar (@rkrishnakumar) November 18, 2016
The crowds booing Kanye because he's saying that he agrees with some of Trump's ideals— alv!n (@alv1111n) November 18, 2016
Kanye West is literally detailing his 2020 platform in San Jose right now. Issue 1: education...— John Tellis (@tellisjc) November 18, 2016
Kanye show was not the move. He lost me at "I would have voted for Trump" 🙄— Jewel Burks (@jewelmelanie) November 18, 2016
KANYE WAS AN HOUR LATE FOR HIS CONCERT N ITS ALMOST 12 N HE HASNT DONE ONE FULL SONG BC HE KEEPS STOPPING TO RANT ABT THE ELECTION IM GNA— • (@yuriskwon) November 18, 2016
Hella ppl leaving the Kanye concert 😒— GeraJose (@Geras_510) November 18, 2016
Lol they really booing Kanye off the stage at San Jose, #hereforit— 🇳🇬 (@FikiPhresh) November 18, 2016
At the Kanye concert and he's been talking about politics, 2020, opinions, education system. People are sitting and leaving pic.twitter.com/GLDWdps6YS— SheryAnne (@yema74) November 18, 2016
Can Kanye West just make music and nothing else?? I like his songs but I don't like him— semisemi (@alcoyeol) November 18, 2016
Prior to the election results, West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, endorsed Hillary Clinton, as did her momager, Kris Jenner, and sister, Khloe Kardashian. Caitlyn Jenner was the only member of the famous family to publicly support Donald Trump.
West also attended a Clinton fundraising event back in August 2015, snapping a selfie with the former Democratic nominee.