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Kanye Praises President-Elect Trump

Rapper stopped his own concert to say he 'would have voted' for the new president

Kanye West loves to launch into lengthy rants about whatever he wants, about whatever he’s thinking at the moment.

So when he took a break between songs during his San Jose, California, concert Thursday night and started talking — it shouldn’t have been a surprise. But what he said turned out to be a surprise.

“Stop focusing on racism.”

“I would have voted on Trump,” Kanye told the crowd in what wound up being a 40-minute political speech, according to various media reports and tweets from concertgoers.

“This is my platform and I’m going to talk about the paradigm shift that’s happening right now,” Kanye told the crowd, adding he still might throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 election, something he has threatened-slash-promised before.

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West told the audience he’s “glad Trump inspired racists to reveal themselves.” And he added, “Stop focusing on racism. We are in a racist country. Period.”

He said he was warned not to come out for Trump before the election — but that he loved Trump’s debate style and is supportive of the president-elect’s style of being anti-politically correct.

Kanye was apparently happy when one woman screamed she loved him in spite of his appreciation of Trump’s campaign — but there was also a lot of booing and stunned silence, the Independent reported. Some people even threw things at Kanye, one of which was a Yeezy shoe that Kanye promptly signed and returned to the thrower.

He praised music for its power to unify the country after such a polarizing election, saying, “I’m not asking ya’ll on your opinions on who’s better, but there are people who voted for either side that come together for music.”

And he gave himself credit. “Rappers are philosophers of our now, celebrities are the influencers of our now. Just look at the president, he wasn’t in politics and he won,” he said, according to one Twitter user who began live-tweeting the whole thing.

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Kanye’s vote of confidence in Trump really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. He had said in the past that he supports Trump and knows Ivanka Trump, Trump’s older daughter.

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“He has said very nice things about me in the past,” Trump said last year of the rapper. “He’s a nice guy. I hope to run against him some day.”

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