President Donald Trump reacts to Kanye West’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ appearance

President Donald Trump sways to the playing of West Virginia's state song as he takes the stage during a rally in Wheeling, W.Va., on Saturday.
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Despite admitting that he doesn’t watch “Saturday Night Live,” President Donald Trump tweeted this morning in favor of Kanye West’s behavior on the sketch comedy series Saturday night..

“Like many, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live (even though I past hosted it),” the president tweeted. “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!”

West performed “I Love It” (dressed as a Perrier bottle) and “Ghost Town” during the Sept. 29 season premiere of the long-running show. In a post-show speech that was ultimately cut from the broadcast, West donned a MAGA hat and ranted about politics, Trump and a potential presidential run in 2020. Chris Rock, who was in the audience, filmed the speech, which eventually made its way online.


“I want to cry right now,” West half-sang. “Black man in America … supposed to keep what you feel inside right now.”

“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,” he continued. “There’s so many times I talk to, like, a white person about this, and they’re like, ‘How could you like Trump? He’s racist.’ Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”

The speech was met with boos from the crowd. In the background, Rock can be heard laughing and saying “Oh my God.”

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