If that was Kanye West’s way of announcing his candidacy, it could have gone better. On Thursday night, the 39-year-old rapper arrived late to his San Jose concert. Instead of jumping into his set list, West opted to rant about this year’s presidential election.
“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I were to vote, I would have voted on Trump,” he told the crowd, who immediately began booing him.
He continued to talk about why he supported the president-elect before transitioning into his song “Heartless.” Just moments in, he stopped the music as the audience loudly objected.
“I just said that I would have voted for Donald Trump and then I did a song and y’all sang it at the top of your lungs,” he noted. “That doesn’t mean that you’re a Trump supporter. That just means you ok with a celebrity having their own opinion. Or that someone else is ok to have their own opinion. That might not be your opinion but you can still like that person or still like that person’s music.”
He went on to call out last week’s Saturday Night Live host, Dave Chappelle, saying, “Dave Chapelle, it’s ok. We can have opinions as celebrities. I know you said we couldn’t, but thank you for breaking the ice on a mentality of a generation.”