Kanye West infuriated his crowd in San Jose, California, on Thursday evening by telling them that he didn’t vote — but if he had, it would have been for “genius” Donald Trump.
After announcing his support for the president-elect, West received a loud wave of boos, and many of his fans walked out of the concert all together.
“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump,” West told the angry crowd. “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. And I fuck with that. I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius. Because it fucking worked!”
The rapper then stated that though he likes Trump’s style, he isn’t a bigot or racist as the media and Democrats have continuously claimed all of the president-elect’s supporters are.
“That don’t mean I don’t think that black lives matter. That don’t mean that I don’t believe in women’s rights. That don’t mean that I don’t believe in gay marriage. That don’t mean that I don’t believe in these things,” West explained.
West also reveals that he was advised not to talk about his fondness of Trump’s debate performances.
“I hate the fact that because I’m a celebrity, everybody told me not to say that I loved the debates. I loved his approach.”
If his praise for Trump wasn’t scandalous enough, he then went on to lecture the black people in his crowd about the left’s obsession with racism.
“Specifically to black people, stop focusing on racism,” he said. “This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s just a fucking fact: we are in a racist country. Period. Do not allow people to make us talk about that so fucking long.”
West’s comments were so upsetting to his crowd that a fight broke out and objects were being thrown at him up on his floating stage.
The performer’s comments are particularly interesting given that he donated $2,700 to Hillary Clinton last year, and also posed for a selfie with his wife Kim Kardashian and the former First Lady.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 7, 2015
The Grammy award winning artist denied being a secret Trump supporter after someone on a flight with him told the press that he was.
At Thursday’s concert, West also reiterated his plan to run for president himself in 2020.