Kanye West Booed After Saying He Would Have Voted for Trump
During a concert Thursday night in San Jose, California, Kanye West stunned fans by announcing he didn’t vote in the presidential election, but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump.
“I told you all I didn’t vote right? … But if I were to have voted, I would have voted on Trump,” West said.
— albertoreyes (@albertoreyes) November 18, 2016
Fans immediately began booing West, and some even began to throw things at him from the crowd.
His announcement came as a huge shock to many, especially since:
- In 2005, he famously called out then-President George W. Bush after Hurricane Katrina, saying Bush didn’t “care about black people.”
- His wife, Kim Kardashian West, endorsed Hillary Clinton by posting a selfie with the Democratic hopeful (which included Kanye).
- As Pitchfork points out, he’s made four contributions to Democratic campaigns since 2012. Not only did he donate to both of Obama’s campaigns, but he also gave $15,000 to the DNC in October 2014 and $2,700 to Hillary for America in July 2015.
However, the two men do have a few things in common. They’re both rich, have huge egos, and are outspoken to a fault.
Here’s an extended clip of his rant.
West defended his viewpoint to the audience, stating:
That don’t mean that I don’t think that Black Lives Matter. That don’t mean that 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.
He also reportedly told the crowd that “neither candidate would fix racism in this country, and that black people need to stop focusing on racism because we live in a racist country.”
People on Twitter immediately began disowning West, frequently mocking him with lyrics modeled after his own song “I Love Kanye.”
I miss the old kanye
The black and bold kanye
The smokin kush kanye
The anti bush kanye
Not donald trump Kanye
— Jon the Don 💯 (@big_jon4) November 18, 2016
I miss the old Kanye
The socially woke Kanye
Called Bush a joke Kanye
He used his vote Kanye
— JAY ₆ (@VIEWSFROMJAY) November 18, 2016
Is this a joke kanye
U actin broke kanye
U blowin smoke kanye
I miss the old kanye https://t.co/CKiYttEYBs
— lauren fuentes (@laurenschroed) November 18, 2016
I miss the old Kanye
The black & bold dope Kanye
The anti Bush Woke Kanye
Not Donald Trumps Kanye pic.twitter.com/d8RkGj1oap
— E (@esheikh_) November 18, 2016
“Bush doesn’t care about black people” – Kanye
“There’s racism in the fashion industry” – Kanye
“Stop talking about racism” – Kanye
— Jigga Jeaux (@JoeOnDemand) November 18, 2016
Blu: Daddy, how come people keep saying bad things about Uncle Kanye?
Jay: That’s not your uncle babygirl pic.twitter.com/emCyK4wRF0
— BABY HAIR & AFROS✊🏾 (@NiecysUnknown) November 18, 2016
Kanye West, 2005: president Bush doesn’t care about black people
Kanye to Kanye, 2016: neither do you pic.twitter.com/kBHnZeg7RY
— Jocelyn Aspa (@jocelynaspa) November 18, 2016
It seems pretty crazy that Kanye thinks Donald Trump should be president until you remember that Kanye also thinks Kanye should be president
— . (@browniecdg) November 18, 2016
every single person in the crowd at the kanye concert: please please dont talk ab the election
kanye: i have something to say
— Cody Ko (@codyko) November 18, 2016
How I sleep at night knowing I never bought Yeezys pic.twitter.com/s0mKV2MBTH
— PROD. BY @VERYRVRE (@TVSH_P) November 18, 2016
West is no stranger to negative controversies, and likely won’t lose sleep over his comments. Who knows, his Trump outburst may have been a clever publicity stunt given that he plans to “run for president in 2020.” We’ll just have to wait and see.