Could this be a very early campaign stunt?
Hip hop superstar Kanye West, who famouslyÂ declared his intention to run for PresidentÂ in 2020, told a shocked audience in California that he didnâ€™t cast a vote in the presidential election earlier this month, but if he did, he â€œwould have voted for Trump.â€
After the slightly-too-late endorsement for Donald Trump, the shock winner and now-President-elect, given between songs during the show at the SAP Center in San Jose on Thursday night, a large section of the audience booed the singer.
Trumpâ€™s election has led toÂ protests across the country, as well as aÂ spike in hate crime.
The moment was captured from afar by one concert-goer. While the majority of the crowd boos, one audience member can be heard clapping.
Fans took to Twitter to voice their frustration with the singerâ€™s political position. One said that the show â€œwas not the move,â€ and that the singer â€œlost me at â€˜I would have voted for Trump.'â€
Another said the unexpected line meant â€œSan Jose is packing its bags up.â€ One previous fan said that for him, the seeming endorsement was the last straw for his support of the outspoken artist.
â€œAnd with that, Kanye is completely over, for me. I was hanging on to give him a chance. But, heâ€™s done,â€ he wrote.
One Twitter user evaluated why the singer might see Trump as a role model, of sorts.
â€œThis isnâ€™t surprising. Kanye loves sensationalism and wants influence â€” two things that Trump possesses,â€ the tweet reads.
Yeezy has appeared with Trump before, in a way.
In the video for his song â€œFamous,â€ from earlier this year, he appears in bed with a number of celebrity lookalikes, one of whom is the new President-elect.
Last year President Barack ObamaÂ addressed Westâ€™sintention to run, joking that he was running â€œfor Speaker of the House,â€ before saying, â€œit couldnâ€™t get any stranger.â€ How naive we all were back then.