Rapper Kanye West was jeered and booed by the audience on the set of “Saturday Night Live” after he defended his support for President Donald Trump and criticized the show’s producers.
Wearing his infamous “Make America Great Again” hat, West initiated his political speech after the show’s live broadcast ended. Video clips from audience members, including one from comedian Chris Rock, captured West’s rant.
“They bullied me backstage. They said don’t go out there with that hat on. They bullied me backstage,” West said in one clip. “If you want the world to move forward, try love. Thank y’all for giving me this platform. I know some of y’all don’t agree. But some of y’all be going at [Trump’s] neck a lot, and I don’t think it’s actually that helpful.”
Later, West lamented the lack of balance in media and Hollywood, estimating that 90 percent of both industries are liberal.
In other clips, West tore into Democratic policies, which he targets black people with welfare.
“I wanna cry right now, black man in America, supposed to keep what you’re feelin’ inside right now…The blacks want always Democrat…you know it’s like the plan they did, to take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare… does anybody know about that? That’s the Democratic plan,” West said.
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“There’s so many times I talk to a white person and they say, ‘How could you like Trump, he’s racist?’ Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago,” West added.
Later in the speech, West reiterated his vow to run for president in 2020 while encouraging “dialogue, not a diatribe.”
The “Saturday Night Live” cast remained silent and downcast during West’s speech. The audience, however, booed and jeered at West several times. Only a few applauded West or offered him support.