During a performance at San Jose’s SAP Center this past Thursday night, West made the declaration which led to a large portion of the audience booing the singer.
“I said something that was kind of politically correct. I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But I didn’t tell you — I guess I told you — but if I would have voted I would have voted for Trump,” West said in a video caught by an audience member.
In another video that followed the statement the artist tried to clarify himself saying, “That don’t mean that — I don’t think that — Black Lives Matter. That don’t mean that I don’t believe in women’s rights…Because that was the guy I would have voted for.”
West also addressed racism in America, speaking directly to the black people in the audience and requesting that they stop focusing on racism.
“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**king fact. We are in a racist country — period.”
Since Trump’s election, a number of protests have occurred throughout the country, along with a spike in hate crimes.
One such moment occurred at Baylor University, in which student Natasha Nkhama was called a “ni**er” by a male student as she was walking to class. When confronted by another male student as to why the aggressor said what he said, he responded “Dude, like what…I’m just trying to make America great again.”
However, 300 people that included students, faculty and staff, showed their solidarity with Nkhama and walked with her to class following the incident.
Check out the video of West saying that he would have voted for Trump below.
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