Kanye West’s decision to deliver a speech supportive of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live‘s season opener may have received significant pushback, but it appears to have endeared him to the president further.
The president slammed SNL as “just a political ad” for Democrats but praised West, who donned a “Make America Great Again Hat,” as someone who is “leading the charge!”
Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm. It is just a political ad for the Dems. Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told “no”), was great. He’s leading the charge!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2018
West’s impromptu monologue came after he’d performed three songs. It never made it on the air.
“I wanna cry right now. Black man in America, you’re supposed to keep what you feel inside right now,” he said. “And the liberals bully you and tell you what you can and cannot wear, where you and they can’t not stare. And they look at me and say, ‘It’s not fair. How the hell did you get here?’ Well…”
Audience members booed as West put on his MAGA hat.
“Actually, blacks weren’t always Democrats,” he started. “It’s like a plan they did to take the fathers out the homes and promote welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s the Democratic plan.”
Saying people can’t be controlled by “monolithic thought,” West pivoted to talking about comedian Bill Cosby, who last week received a prison sentence related to charges of sexual assault. “You can’t always have when you have a black subject matter like Cosby that you have to have a black comedian talk about it,” he said.
“It’s so many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist.’ Well if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago. We don’t just make our decisions off of racism. I’ma break it down to you right now: If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all they policies.”
Comedian Chris Rock captured the end of West’s speech and posted it to Instagram.
From Chris Rock’s IG story, looks like Kanye gave a speech after NBC cut the SNL feed pic.twitter.com/mYpSxqbw9Z
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 30, 2018
A full video later emerged on YouTube.
West claimed that he was “bullied” by SNL producers backstage into not wearing MAGA gear on stage.
“This represents good and America becoming whole again,” West said of the MAGA hat in the caption of an Instagram post he made after the show. “We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment.”
West’s behavior has opened him up to significant criticism.
SNL musical guest @kanyewest says the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, should be repealed. Yes, the 13th amendment also allowed for prisoners to be used as slave labor but he doesn’t articulate that in his tweet leaving people confused and others delighted. pic.twitter.com/aiEPVH4up2
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 30, 2018
There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying. https://t.co/4jCFwB4T5U
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 30, 2018
Kanye West, who said slavery was a choice, just called for the abolition of the 13th amendment.
This is just terribly sad. The college dropout Kanye used to inspire young black men, myself included, and now he’s embracing a President that hates them. https://t.co/0VnpyLWy11
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) September 30, 2018
Kanye West just tweeted that he wants to abolish the 13th Amendment, you know, the one that ended slavery.
If this doesn't stop y'all from supporting him I don't know what will.
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) September 30, 2018
Kanye West is either…
A) An expert troll
B) A massive, disconnected idiot who actually wants to abolish the 13th amendment, which ended slavery
C) Dead since 2011 and actually being controlled by an Alex Jones lizard person
D) All of the above https://t.co/13IQ0FgpTM
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) September 30, 2018