President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to give a shoutout to Kanye West for his MAGA-tinged performance on Saturday Night Live — while also taking care to blast the show more broadly as Democratic propaganda.
“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it) – no longer funny, no talent or charm,” said Trump “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!”
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
Kanye told audience members at watched the performance that he had been bullied on set for his decision to sing in a MAGA hat and urged not to go on stage wearing it. Facing boos from the audience, West called out Democrats for promoting “welfare” and accused “ninety percent” of the media of being with Democrats.
“So many times I talk to a white person about this and they say ‘how can you like Trump? He’s racist,” said Kanye which resulted in booing from the crowd. “If I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago.”
Chris Rock who uploaded video of the moment to Instagram can be heard audibly chuckling to himself.
“Oh my God,” said Rock.
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
The tweet from Tump is the latest in a public, years-long friendship between Trump and the musician. The two were close before he became president and the billionaire even met with him in Trump Tower a month after defeating Hillary Clinton. After it was over Trump called Kanye a “good man” and West said the two had spoken about “multicultural issues” and “bullying.”