Kanye West, Trump supporter (Kanye likes Ben Carson too)

Kanye West said at a concert on Thursday that he didn’t vote this election, but if he had, he’d have voted for Trump.

Kanye thinks Ben Carson is pretty cool too.

Here’s Kanye last night, video below: “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.”

You’ll recall that Kanye is the man who, during a Hurricane Katrina relief telethon, said on camera that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

It was a rather gutsy move by Kanye, especially since it was 2005, and it was only the beginning of people finally feeling comfortable publicly criticizing Bush in the post-9/11 era.

Compare that Kanye West to the man who admires Donald Trump, after Trump ran a campaign based on racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism:

In the video, West keeps telling the audience to “express your opinion,” as if simply having an opinion has merit. It doesn’t. And it doesn’t exonerate poor opinions.

Adding to the fun, Kanye is planning on running for president in 2020. And before anyone laughs at the ridiculousness of that suggestion, look who’s moving into the White House on January 20.

Kanye’s comments remind me of my Uber ride in Chicago yesterday. My driver was originally from Mexico, immigrated 30 years ago, and told me he didn’t vote because while he thought Trump was “crazy,” he really didn’t like Hillary. He also told me that he voted for Romney in 2012.

I asked the driver why didn’t he like Hillary, and he said that he hoped Trump would force American companies to bring our jobs back from places like Mexico. I asked him if he realized that Trump might send him back to Mexico in return? He laughed. But he still likes Trump more than Hillary.

There’s more going on here than simply the notion that Trump won because America is racist. And I think racism certainly played a role. But, as I noted earlier, voter turnout was down across the board, across all communities, including the African-American and Latino community.

Wikileaks and Russia played a role. FBI Director Comey played a role. Racism played a role. Donald Trump’s incessant populist lies played a role. Hillary’s negatives, as unfair as they are, played a role. And Donald Trump pandering to racism, sexism and anti-Semitism played a role.

I still don’t have a clear answer as to “what” went wrong. It was a lot of things.


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37 Responses to “Kanye West, Trump supporter (Kanye likes Ben Carson too)”

  1. Winston Smith says:

    Didn’t Kanyay just have a nervous breakdown? I wouldn’t put much credence into what he said in the last few weeks, poor man.

  2. woodroad34 says:

    I heard on NPR an interview with a Trump voter from Ohio. His reason for voting for Trump was that Trump promised jobs and Hillary was just concerned about “bathrooms”. Ohio, where republican John Kasich promised the same thing and failed to deliver: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/ohio-miracle-john-kasich-220652

    Republicans are lazy; they vote hate and anger because it’s easier–what exactly does Kanye stand for? That reminds me of a couple of Mike Royko quotes

    modified: “Hating (Hillary) is as American as pizza pie, unwed mothers, and cheating on your income tax.”

    “It’s much harder to be a liberal than a conservative. Why? Because it is easier to give someone the finger than a helping hand.”

  3. cityspeak says:

    John and other americablog readers,
    The internet is vast and if you are still scratching your head why HRC lost the election I recommend reading this to start:
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/09/the-election-failing-real-change-hope-lost/

    This combined with the DNC “pulling strings” doomed this election and handed it to Trump.
    If this win really caught you off guard and hit you out of the blue I recommend reading outside of your comfort zone and engage more in your community. Even communities of people you don’t normally have contact with and gauge the mood of this country.
    It isn’t what the MSM is telling you.

  4. dcinsider says:

    I suppose since he’s been hospitalized we are supposed to feel sorry for him.

    nah.

    Douchebga.

  5. Bella 2 says:

    Well said Demos and sadly very true.

  6. Badgerite says:

    If Brexit is the model, then this election result was about immigration and national identity. Not economics. The economics of the country right now are headed in the right direction. Well, before this election they were. That will change now.

  7. emjayay says:

    Yes.

  8. Badgerite says:

    I think the liberal/progressive/left are underestimating the power they still have in this country.
    In terms of electoral apportionment of power, they may have lost some footing. And that is harder because it was unexpected. But in actual fact the country is about as evenly divided in terms of the voting public as it has always been. The House is suffering from gerrymanderitis, but the Senate is still closely divided and Hilary Clinton won the popular vote by a substantial margin which is getting more substantial all the time. The people who analyze the data say that what was different this election cycle from 1212 is that in the Midwest swing states, about 10 percent of Obama voters in 2012 flipped for trump. So why would that have happened. The economy is not only no worse, it is actually better than in 2012. The TPP ? Maybe. But enough to tip the election to a born into riches guy who no one could possibly believe gives a crap about the working person. One of the things that has changed is the public perception of the kind of threat radical Islam poses to their America. In 2012, ISIS was not on the radar screen of anyone. In 2014 they suddenly burst on the scene by taking over large swaths of Iraq and threatening Baghdad. And though Al Qaeda was actually cruel in the areas they controlled, ISIS was so cruel and brutal and barbaric and visibly so, that it seemed to be a new and more virulent threat. In 2012, Egypt had just elected Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to lead the country. They took power through a democratic election, which the Obama administration supported, and proceeded to violate every assurance they had given. They grabbed for power in all branches of government including the independent judiciary in Egypt and eventually were threatening to depose the leadership in the military as well. This precipitated a military coup in 2013. Then there were the attacks. Charlie Hebdo. Paris. San Bernadino. Orlando. And others. And the flood of refugees into Europe.
    I think in some of the public mind, these events both abroad and at home have changed the idea of Islam as just another way to worship God, into a threatening religious ideology who adherents cannot be trusted in any large numbers. That assimilation is not possible.
    Calling people “Islamophobic” is hardly an effective means of dealing with this fear. For it is based in actual events. Bill Maher has expressed some of this same sentiment only to be attacked as Islamophobic. But the concerns are real. And I think they may have had a profound effect on some aspect of the normally tolerant American psyche.

  9. Zorba says:

    I want some of what she’s been smoking. Must be really good sh!t. ;-)

  10. Third_stone says:

    This is about Hillary? Is there evidence that it was china?

  11. Third_stone says:

    Maybe you don’t understand the legal precedents in this matter. Hillary’s email server was little different from what Bush and Cheney used, except she controlled hers herself, unlike Bush and Cheney, who used servers owned by the republican party. When their emails were subpoena’d by congress, they were immediately deleted in their entirety, rather that delivering them to congress. So you charge Hillary with what? The server is not unlawful, and clearly she was doing well, since the office of the head of the CIA was in fact hacked, while nobody has shown evidence that Hillary’s was.
    So Bill made a speech and got paid. Remember Reagan, Immediately after leaving office he made a speech in Japan, in which he was paid one million cash to him, and one million donation to his presidential library. This is a lot of money to listen to an idiot with alzheimer’s. There was of course another side to this. Reagan pursued what he called “strong dollar” policies, under which the price of dollars to the world is high, which caused a swift drain of American industry, much to Japan’s benefit.

  12. quax says:

    You aren’t even trying, are you?

  13. quax says:

    Well, there is just the small hope that what’s bad for America may be good for Americablog and drives the traffic here, so that John can collect a bit more revenue.

  14. quax says:

    All of these cases are in civil court. He already settled the Trump University one for $25M (chump changes now that he has the treasury to loot).

  15. Third_stone says:

    Trump is one of the worst mistakes Americans have made. Even George Bush looks good compared to him. He told us before you voted for him that he would see the presidency as a profit opportunity and we all knew he was an ass bandit who simply grabbed women when it pleased him. We knew he was due in court to face rape and racketeering charges. Tying a teenager to the bed and raping her is not the sort of thing that even a would be president should get away with. The only aspect of his trial that worries me is that the outcome of Trump going to jail is likely to result in that fool Mike Pence being president, and he has promised us Sharia law.

  16. quax says:

    Unfortunately, given human nature, in addition to the Gore spoilers we can now look forward for endless rationalizations, why “voting their conscience” in 2016 was the right choice. No matter the price in blood and treasury (and boy did “W” ran up the bill on both).

  17. Badgerite says:

    Not with this crowd. Ain’t gonna happen. It will make America broke again.
    You can count on that. Hopefully it will not be as bad as 2008 was.
    Economic cliff, meet the America. America meet economic cliff. Again.

  18. quax says:

    Make Americablog great again!

  19. Badgerite says:

    Hilary Clinton’s popular vote lead just blew past 2 million. It is up to 2.1 million as of now and counting.
    It seems to me that the Electoral College is closer to voter fraud than any actual voter fraud the GOP has ever been able to find. By the time all of the counting is done, it will have shredded probably 2.5 to 3 million votes. Given that kind of warp, I really don’t care if anyone visits one state or the other.
    This is literally not counting those votes. As if the people didn’t exist.

  20. quax says:

    Sorry, but it’s just what losers think winners look like. Anyhow, enjoy it while it lasts.

  21. Badgerite says:

    I know. I thought the FBI maybe should have been on that instead of the routine exchanges between Hilary Clinton and State.

  22. emjayay says:

    But China hacked my personal information and that of millions of other federal employees from the OPM computers.

  23. Badgerite says:

    Kanye does what Kanye does. He has a rather conservative in law you know. Who I’m sure voted for the Trump Monster and is transgender. Don’t look for consistency or logic in people. It usually just isn’t there.

  24. Badgerite says:

    Thanks. I heard something about this but didn’t retain the details.

  25. Badgerite says:

    1) There was nothing wrong and certainly nothing criminal with using a private server at State. All communications between State and the Secretary were archived on the State server. Which leads to .
    2) No emails were actually lost except ones involving personal and private communications. Anything else would have been archived at State
    3) Hilary didn’t “sell” anything. 12 agencies had to sign off on that deal.
    State was only one of them. And not the most important one. Defense. Energy.
    And the President all had to sign off on that deal.
    4) Well that’s nice but they still didn’t have control over whether that deal was allowed or not. And whatever money you are talking about went to a charitable foundation that, unlike the Trump Monster, has open books. and a high rating for transparency and ethical standards. .
    Trolling…..much.

  26. emjayay says:

    Actually Ford is sending the production of one model to a plant it already runs in Mexico. There is enough production of other models for the plant in the US. Trump claimed credit for keeping the US plant open. Ford says he had nothing to do with it.

    Oh, and Trump never did one single thing in his whole life that wasn’t entirely for his ego.

    And this Rosa lives in Bizarro World.

  27. Badgerite says:

    America is the loser. We will begin to shrink as a country. Both at home and on the world stage.

  28. Badgerite says:

    1) Name one. Just one.
    2) Ford is still sending a plant to Mexico from Kentucky. Nothing has changed on that.
    3) The Trump Monster Elect lies all the time, so…

  29. emjayay says:

    I remember back in the day when all the commenters here were smart, funny people instead of delusional morons.

  30. bowtie says:

    That’s not true. As a a matter of fact, everything you said is a lie. Trumpf is a racist, bigot, and fascist.

  31. Rosa1984 says:

    Hillary did it all herself.
    No one forced Hillary to use Personal email/Server for State Dept.;
    No one forced Hillary to delete 33,000 federal records;
    No one forced Hillary to sell 1/5 of our Uranium to Russia (Bill made $500,000 from 1 speech in Russia; Clinton’s made $140 Milllion on that deal)

  32. Rosa1984 says:

    Trump is a winner, no doubt about that. America needs a winner for a change.

  33. Rosa1984 says:

    Trump isn’t in it for his ego, he doesn’t need anything. He’s making appointments that make the best sense for the U.S., appointing Democrats and even people who attacked him during the campaign.
    Companies such as Ford, Apple and others are already keeping jobs here, or bringing them back.

  34. Demosthenes says:

    Elections have consequences. I hope the liberals who voted third-party, wrote-in Bernie, didn’t bother to vote, or maybe even voted Trump, can live with the consequences of their decision. The Trump administration’s policies may not all affect you personally or to the same degree as others, but when you look in the mirror as we collectively suffer the consequences, I hope you can feel proud of the part you played.

  35. quax says:

    Narcissists love narcissism, it transcends the color of the skin. And at any rate, Trump and Kanye have so much in common. Billions.

  36. GlennF says:

    John said:
    “Hillary’s negatives, as unfair as they are, played a role.”

    Those unfair Clinton negatives were constantly fed by a mainstream media and press seemingly determined to bring down her candidacy. All that while the MSM allowed Trump to get away with one outrage after another. Trump owes a lot to the MSM for allowing him to get into the oval office.

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