Wait, Is Kanye West REALLY a Donald Trump Supporter? -- See the Rapper's Democratic Campaign Contributions
By Alex Unhrtmsn
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Kanye West's fans would really like to know how he actually feels about Donald Trump.
The Life of Pablo rapper was booed at his San Jose, California, concert on Thursday night, after he said in a rant, "I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I were to vote, I would have voted on Trump."
"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."
However, some fans have wondered whether the "Famous" rapper really means what he said, or if he was, well... just being Kanye.
In an extended cut of the rant, the 39-year-old artist explained, "That don’t mean that I don’t think that Black Lives Matter. That don’t mean I don’t think that I’m a believer in women’s rights. That don’t mean I don’t believe in gay marriage. That don’t mean that I don’t believe in these things because that was the guy I would’ve voted for."
Additionally, according to the Federal Election Commission website (first reported by SPIN), Kanye donated $2700 to "Hillary for America" in July 2015, as well as $15,000 to the Democratic National Committee in October 2014. The rapper also donated to President Barack Obama before both of his two elections.
So, while Yeezy may talk about supporting Trump, in this case, he didn't put his money where his mouth is.
Many people reacted strongly to one of Kanye's most controversial concert rants yet, including Deray McKesson -- widely seen as a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement -- who encouraged those close to the rapper to reach out.
"Besides one of Kanye's close friends sitting down and talking to him, I'm not sure what else can be done to influence his views," the activist tweeted. "We all loved Kanye's music back in the beginning -- the honesty, the bravado, the self-critiques. And he's so different in content now."
Besides one of Kanye's close friends sitting down and talking to him, I'm not sure what else can be done to influence his views.
"But this isn't the first time he's said statements that don't quite make sense to us. If anything I want to know who is calling Kanye today?" Deray added. "I've not given up on Kanye quite yet. I think he's immensely talented. But I am at a loss re: what will change his mind besides a friend."
But this isn't the first time he's said statements that don't quite make sense to us. If anything I want to know who is calling Kanye today?
Comedian Hannibal Buress took a different approach to addressing Kanye's rant -- poking fun.
"He's definitely trolling because real Trump supporters definitely don't skip out on voting," Hannibal tweeted. "I can see why Kanye likes Trump campaign. Even with all the craziness, it had a smoother rollout than Life of Pablo."