The rapper was the musical guest on the season 44 premiere of the US show
Donald Trump has responded to Kanye West’s SNL appearance, praising the rapper on Twitter.
West went on a pro-Trump rant as the season premiere of SNL came to a close last night (September 29). He was the musical guest for the first episode of season 44 and he brought along Lil Pump, Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign, and 070 Shake to perform with him.
The star wore a Make America Great Again cap on stage, which he later claimed SNL crew had tried to “bully” him into taking off.
Trump tweeted his thoughts on West’s appearance earlier today (September 30), writing: “Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!”
Traditionally, at the end of the show, the cast and guests are seen hugging on stage as the credits roll. However, West instead used the time to talk once again about Trump in a speech that was cut from the broadcast but was captured on comedian Chris Rock’s Instagram Story.
West began by singing “I wanna cry right now/Black man in America/Supposed to keep what you feel inside right now.” He continued to say: “You got a situation where we need to have a dialogue and not a diatribe.”
The rapper spoke about people’s reactions to his support of Trump, revealing a common question he faces. “There’s so many times I talk to like a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you like Trump? He’s racist.’ Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism, I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”
He also discussed “a Democratic plan” to take “fathers out the home and promote welfare”, and his aspirations to run for President in 2020.
“Follow your heart and stop following your mind,” he added. “That’s how we’re controlled. That’s how we’re programmed. If you want the world to move forward, try love. Thank y’all for giving me this platform.”
Earlier today (September 30), the star tweeted his feelings about his time on SNL. “had so much fun at SNL,” he wrote. “Lorne [Michaels, SNL creator] agreed that I would host before the year is out. Need to set a date. Gonna be sooooooooo lit. In the words of Lil Pump …Esskeetit !”
West had previously announced a new album titled ‘Yandhi’ would be released on Saturday night. However, that record is yet to materialise and he is yet to comment on its whereabouts.
The album, which is widely believed to be a follow-up to 2013’s ‘Yeezus’, is reported to feature appearances from 6ix9ine, XXXTentacion, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.