NEW YORK — Kanye West delivered an impromptu speech defending his support for President Donald Trump as the credits began to roll on “Saturday Night Live.”
After performing several songs on the show Saturday, the rapper went on a rant about the president while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat as a few people clapped while other booed West.
West’s comments were captured by comedian and former “SNL” cast member Chris Rock, who posted a video on Instagram Stories from his verified account.
“I want to cry right now, black man in America, supposed to keep what you’re feeling inside right now,” West said. “The blacks want always Democrats…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 a Democratic plan.”
The musical artist has long drawn controversy for his vocal support of President Trump and other, inflammatory comments.
“There’s so many times I talk to like a white person about this and they say, ‘How could you like Trump? He’s racist,'” West said from the stage as other musicians, cast members and guests — including Saturday’s host, Adam Driver — stood behind him.
“Well, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”
West also said that the country needs to have “a dialogue and not a diatribe.” His speech was met with a mix of boos and cheers from the audience.
The rant followed a performance earlier in the show that had West, along with Lil Pump and Adele Givens, sing a new song, “I Love It,” while dressed as a bottle of sparkling water.
Those on social media found the musical performance worth watching but kind of bizarre.
“I’m watching Kanye on SNL and is it possible I inhaled some LSD,” tweeted Sopan Deb, a culture writer for the New York Times.
When contacted, NBC said it had no comment on West’s remarks.AlertMe