After the election, chatter started to pick up again about Kanye West running for president in 2020. Well, speaking to his audience at the SAP Center on his special Saint Pablo Tour hoverboard, West reminded everyone that he didn't vote, adding, "But if I would have voted, I would have voted on Trump."
"This is my platform and I'm going to talk about the paradigm shift that's happening right now."— Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016
Shockingly, the crowd was not impressed with his honesty:
Lol they really booing Kanye off the stage at San Jose, #hereforit— 🇳🇬 (@FikiPhresh) November 18, 2016
West also said, "Specifically, to black people, stop focusing on racism... This world is racist, okay? Let's stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It's just a fucking fact, we are in a racist country, period."
Kanye West tonight speaking on racism in America. "Specifically to black people, stop talking about race so much." pic.twitter.com/HTWlJgdq7E— Brandon E. Patterson (@myblackmindd) November 18, 2016
(Reminder: West famously declared in 2005, during a televised Hurricane Katrina fundraiser, "George Bush doesn't care about black people.")
He also gave Trump credit for winning, because his campaign's strategy was "absolutely genius, because it fucking worked":
Kanye just stopped Jesus Walks, talking about how Trump is a genius.— Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016
At the Kanye concert and he's been talking about politics, 2020, opinions, education system. People are sitting and leaving pic.twitter.com/GLDWdps6YS— SheryAnne (@yema74) November 18, 2016
Obviously Kanye is angling for a Cabinet position! Anyway, it turns out that West was quiet about the election because he was advised to, uh, be discreet:
Kanye says Scooter Braun told him not to come out as a Trump supporter before election night.— Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016
Twitter user RaptorJesuss liveTweeted the concert; here's more of what future President West—because he confirmed he is running in 2020—said:
Kanye said as a black man and as a celebrity he felt persecuted for supporting Trump, feels vindicated.— Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016
Someone threw something at Kanye that hit him, he's now threatening to cancel the show. "Am I not allowed to have an opinion?"— Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016
Kanye just stopped the show again "Wether you voted for Hillary and Trump, this is a safe space for both of you"— Raptor (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016