- The Washington Times - Friday, November 18, 2016

Entertainer Kanye West has angered his fan base by voicing support for Donald Trump during an extended political rant.

Boos broke out from a San Jose, California, crowd Thursday night when the Grammy Award-winning artist starting talking about race and politics. Mr. West told black Americans that they were too focused on race and that he would have voted for Republican Donald Trump had he cast a ballot on Nov. 8.

“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if would have voted, I would have voted for Trump,” Mr. West told a stunned crowd. “That don’t mean that I don’t think 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 because that was the guy I would have voted for.”

The “Gold Digger” and “Famous” singer then directed his attention to minorities.

“To black people: Stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s just a f-ing fact — we are in a racist country. Period.”

Fans took to Twitter to complain about the celebrity, who once lamented after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that Republican President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people.”

“Kanye has been ranting about politics for like the last 30 minutes and people are booing and throwing stuff,” wrote one fan.

“Hearing Kanye say he would have voted for trump bothers me more than Trump actually becoming president…Why, Kanye? Why?” added another.

Other fans noted that Mr. West threatened to cancel the show after a piece of debris hit him.

The entertainer has said multiple times that he plans to run for president in 2020.

“I don’t have views on politics. I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time to somehow make a difference while I’m still alive, I’m all for it,” Mr. West recently told BBC radio, the New York Daily News reported Nov. 13.


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