Rapper Kanye West has come out in support of Republican President-elect Donald Trump, drawing whistles and boos from his supporters.
West told the crowd at a concert in San Jose, California on Thursday night that he did not vote in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential elections “but if I would have voted, I would have voted for Trump.”
The rapper stayed quiet during the 2016 election campaign while Hollywood stars and other music heavy hitters like Beyonce, Katy Perry and Bruce Springsteen supported Hillary Clinton.
“I hate the fact that because I’m a celebrity, everybody told me not to say that I loved the debates,” West said, in videos of comments posted on Twitter and YouTube.
“I loved his (Trump’s) strategy,” added West, who last year declared he was considering running for U.S. president himself in 2020.
Many in the crowd cheered, and some in the audience wrote that people were throwing items at the “Gold Digger” singer.
West shouted “build that wall” during the concert in an apparent reference to Trump’s pledge to build a wall on the U.S.- Mexico border and step up immigration enforcement against the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Many U.S. celebrities are dismayed and shocked at Trump’s election.
“I thought Donald Trump disqualified himself at numerous points,” the liberal-leaning Stewart said in a CBS television interview. “But there is now this idea that anyone who voted for him has to be defined by the worst of his rhetoric.”
West, who is wed to TV reality star Kim Kardashian, proposed he had presidential ambitions. “I don’t say 2020 out of disrespect to our president at all … I’m just saying I’ve got some ideas about the way we should connect our ideas.”
Celebrity socialite Paris Hilton said in an Australian TV interview this week that she voted for Trump, describing him as an old family friend.