Kanye West: I Would Have Voted for Donald Trump

Kanye West
Kanye West performs onstage during The Meadows Music & Arts Festival, New York, October 2. The rapper said he admired Donald Trump at his concert. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty

Kanye West elicited a chorus of boos at his own concert Thursday night by admitting he would have voted for Donald Trump in the U.S. election—had he voted.

The rapper paused his Saint Pablo Tour concert in San Jose, California, to reiterate his own political ambitions to run for president in 2020 and said he admired Trump's political incorrectness, according to tweets from fans in attendance.

In one video, West says: "I told you all I didn't vote, right? But if I would have voted I would have voted for Trump."

According to other concertgoers, West went on to praise Trump:

Kanye said as a black man and as a celebrity he felt persecuted for supporting Trump, feels vindicated.

— Darion G (@RaptorJesuss) November 18, 2016

Kanye is praising Donald Trump at his show right now. Said he likes his politically incorrect way of communication.

— Brandon Patterson (@myblackmindd) November 18, 2016

In 2015, West announced his intention to run for president in 2020 at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Should he run, the new president-elect welcomes the challenge.

"He's said very nice things about me in the past... extremely positive things," Trump told Rolling Stone in 2015. "He's actually a different kind of person than people think. He's a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday."