The rapper, who himself is a favourite to be the next President at the next election in 2020, was performing at his Saint Pablo tour stop in San Jose when he made the shock announcement to the crowd. “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?” he said. “But if I would have voted, I would have voted for Trump.”
Kanye went on to launch several speeches on the subject throughout the evening, claiming that he “loved” Trump’s debate style, liked how he forced racists to “reveal themselves” and that this was just “the beginning”. He also once again emphasised his desire to become US President and said that celebrities are “the new philosophers” and have just as much right and likelihood to hold office as politicians.
Some fans have reacted angrily to West’s comments, with one writing on Twitter: “I’m a huge Kanye West fan & I’ve defended a lot of his bullshit throughout the years. But him supporting Trump… yeah he on his own.” Another compared the remarks to a 2005 comment West made about George Bush, saying that he “doesn’t care about black people”. “I miss the old Kanye,” the fan tweeted, referring the ‘Life Of Pablo’ track ‘I Love Kanye’.
Others have been more understanding, or at least less surprised. “Kanye loves sensationalism and wants influence, things he shares with Trump. Can’t say i’m surprised,” one fan tweeted. Another said: “After reading the quote I understand Kanye, he was drawn to the non traditional aspect of the trump campaign.”
See fan reactions below:
I'm a huge Kanye West fan & I've defended a lot of his bullshit throughout the years. But him supporting Trump… yeah he on his own.
— LEGEND (@ChriStylezz) November 18, 2016
Kanye 2005: "George Bush does not care about black people"
Kanye 2016: "I would have voted for trump"
I miss the old Kanye ??
— Reyes (@FirstLoveMusic_) November 18, 2016
Kanye loves sensationalism and wants influence, things he shares with Trump. Can't say i'm surprised.
— SAINT LONNY (@LONNY_4000) November 18, 2016
Funny how Kanye saying he'd vote for Trump is the line at which people think he's gone too far. Its entirely consistent with his character.
— Dan Chirwa (@CopycatDan) November 18, 2016
After reading the quote I understand Kanye, he was drawn to the non traditional aspect of the trump campaign.
— becoming. (@burberry_bur) November 18, 2016
If you didn't think kanye would vote for trump you really haven't listened to him speak more than once.
— NOT a weeb (@blabner) November 18, 2016
Woke up to clips of Kanye saying he supports trump/defending his supporters. I am baffled.
— Riq (@RiqSperry) November 18, 2016
Kanye is tryna get those trump supporters for 2020
— David (@C3rda) November 18, 2016
Kanye woulda voted for trump? Y'all should boycott those yeezys next week
— Phil Uponu (@EwwwWill) November 18, 2016
So what if Kanye says he would've voted for Trump? I stopped caring at "I didn't vote", as that makes his point of view meaningless to me.
— Alex (@AlexGiovanni_) November 18, 2016