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'I loved the debates, I loved his approach': Kanye West booed after declaring Trump support

West stunned the crowd during a performance in San Jose, California.

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KANYE WEST STUNNED a crowd by revealing his support for US President-elect Donald Trump while suggesting he still plans to challenge him in 2020.

After a campaign in which fellow artists and African Americans overwhelmingly backed rival Hillary Clinton, the rapper told an audience on Thursday night that he did not vote, but would have chosen Trump.

During a performance in San Jose, California, West said: “Because I’m a celebrity, everyone told me not to say that I loved the debates, I loved his approach.

Trump President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania walk with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Source: Alex Brandon/PA

The rapper said that Trump, who ran on cracking down on immigration and won through white working-class support, could help bring about change by exposing racism.

He added:

If people are racist and they feel more inspired to say how they feel, then they’re exposing themselves. To black people; stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, okay? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much.

West, the husband of Kim Kardashian, who like Trump has built a following through reality television, last year said he planned to run for president in 2020.

He appeared to be serious, telling the San Jose concert on Thursday: “I don’t say 2020 because I disrespect our president at all. I’ve just got some ideas about the way we should connect.”

West proposed that President Barack Obama and Clinton take roles in advising Trump, running the United States through “collective ideas”.

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