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 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
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.”
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.