During his Pablo Tour stop in California last night, famed rapper and fashionista Kanye West used the stage to reveal that even though he did not vote on November 8, he “would have” voted for Donald Trump. Criticism was rife on social media among his fans and rap enthusiasts. At The Root
, a website that publishes news and views about black Americans, an article referred to Trump as “Racists McRacist Face.” Commenting on West’s announcement, writer Yesha Callahan wrote, “Which basically means, West did not vote at all. Which basically means, you really shouldn’t be talking.” Callahan wrote, "If a racist reality-television personality can become president, then why not Kanye West?”
Kanye West is married to Kim Kardashian, who is famous for her reality show and sex tape.
During the show, West asked for a show of hands of those who voted for Hillary Clinton and those who voted for Trump. According to a post by “Raptor Jessuss” on Twitter, West said, "People who voted for either side come out to the show, I know media is more liberal, what I'm saying is I'm not judging Trump voters." In another tweet by Raptor Jesuss, West was quoted as saying, "There are Hillary supporters that may be louder, but MY fact is that there are people who voted for Trump here at the show."
“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," West said at the concert. He bemoaned that he had been told that he should avoid praising Trump because he is a celebrity, telling the crowd that Trump’s rhetorical style was not simply “entertaining — I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius, because it f---ing worked.”
West urged black Americans to “stop focusing on racism” because “this world is racist, OK?”
No official transcript has emerged from West’s show. Evidence of his remarks are found in videos recorded by those attending, and in their social media posts. After saying, "I would have voted for Trump," West added to his reputation as a provocateur. "This is my platform and I'm going to talk about the paradigm shift that's happening right now," he said during a speech that lasted 40 minutes, replacing several of his signature songs. West appeared to praise the political disruption Trump caused, which he said,”'inspired racists to reveal themselves.”
"The dumbest thing about politics is that politics separate, not one side or the other side is bad, it's not Democratic or Republican," said West, according to a Twitter post. “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." Averring what a number of professional political pundits have said since the election, he said, Don’t believe what you see when you see it on the internet, it might have been tampered with."
After West said that he wants to run for president in 2020, he added that he liked Trump’s campaign. It was then that a member of the audience threw an object at him on stage. On Twitter “Raptor Jesuss” tweeted, “Kanye is now saying how he loved Trumps debate style. Kanye is glad Trump inspired racists to reveal themselves. ‘This is the beginning.’" West threatened then to cancel the show.
"Whether you voted for Hillary or Trump, this is a safe space for both of you," he told the audience, reiterating his plans to run for president. He said as president he would focus on education. "Stop focusing on racism," he added. "We are in a racist country - period." This statement has been compared to his rant in 2005 when he commented on the Republican president’s response to Hurricane Katrina. "George Bush doesn't care about black people," he said then.
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