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Kanye West Reveals He Would’ve Voted for Trump But Didn’t

Kanye West is known for being outspoken on just about every topic, from his opinions on other artists to what he thinks of societal issues. Even in the political sphere, Kanye made headlines when he stated that he would be running for president in 2020. While that remains to be seen, Kanye is letting everyone know what he thinks about the country’s most controversial election yet.

Even though Kanye admitted that he didn’t vote in this year’s election, he said that he would have voted for Donald Trump

“I told y’all I didn’t vote right?…But if I were to have voted, I would have voted for Trump,” Kanye said during a concert in San Jose, California last night. This led to “boos” from the audience, but Kanye continued with his show—until he couldn’t take it anymore and decided to elaborate on his stance. 

“I just said that I would have voted for Donald Trump and then I did a song and y’all sang it at the top of y’all lungs,” Kanye said, cutting off “Heartless” mid-track. “That doesn’t mean that you’re a Trump supporter. That just means you okay with a celebrity having their own opinion—or that someone else is okay to have their own opinion. That might not be your opinion and you can still like that person or still like that person’s music.”

As for those who have issues with Trump’s stance on African-Americans, Kanye wishes people would stop making race a focal point.

“Black people, stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, okay? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s just a fucking fact. We are in a racist country. Period.”

Moreover, Kanye doesn’t believe that voting for Trump means that a person is sexist, homophobic or against the Black Lives Matter movement. 

“That don’t mean I don’t believe in women’s rights. That don’t mean that I don’t believe in gay marriage,” Kanye said. 

So, even though Kanye didn’t vote, he would have voted for Trump—for reasons that are still unclear to us. 

Olivia Singh is currently a senior at Hunter College in New York City, majoring in Media Studies. Her concentration is Journalism and she is a Pop Culture Blogger for HerCampus.com. Music, movies, television, and pop culture in general are her areas of expertise. She’s that one friend who knows just about every detail of the latest news story in the entertainment world. Close friends rave about her storytelling skills, so she can only hope that other people will enjoy her writing as much as she enjoys telling a good story. When she isn't scrolling through her plethora of social media sites, she can be found cuddling with her cat, playing the piano, obsessing over boybands, or eating a cupcake.