Look, I’ve long been a Kanye West apologist. It’s not an easy job. It feels like at least once a month he does something horrible that’s difficult to defend. That’s part of his brand! I’ll normally say. Or, You have to separate the man and his art! And sometimes, The man has single-handedly started or forwarded every hip-hop trend of the last decade! But dammit, Kanye, this one I can’t figure out an excuse for.
Last night in San Jose during an especially lengthy on-stage rant, Kanye told the audience that, if he had voted, he would have voted for Donald Trump.
“I said something that was kind of politically correct. I told you all I didn’t vote,” West said. “But I didn’t tell you-I guess I told you-but if I would have voted, I would have voted for Trump.”
There’s only a few reasons I can think that he would say this: 1) He wants the attention. 2) He thinks it makes him seem edgy and sets him apart from other musicians (specifically Beyoncé and Jay Z). 3) He wants the tax breaks that Trump has promised to the top one-percent of the country.
But here’s why he actually said he would have voted for Trump: He liked his style.
“I hate the fact that because I’m a celebrity, everybody told me not to say that I loved the debates. I loved (Trump’s) approach,” West said, adding that Trump has inspired racists to reveal themselves.
According to West, Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun advised him not to make his opinion public until after the election. The audience started throwing things at Kanye after he declared his allegiance to Trump.
Also, Kanye is still running for president in 2020. He’ll probably win.