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Kanye, Trump supporter (he likes Ben Carson too)

Kanye West said at a concert on Thursday that he didn’t vote this election, but if he had, he’d have voted for Trump.

Kanye thinks Ben Carson is pretty cool too.

Here’s Kanye last night, video below: “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.”

You’ll recall that Kanye is the man who, during a Hurricane Katrina relief telethon, said on camera that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

It was a rather gutsy move by Kanye, especially since it was 2005, and it was only the beginning of people finally feeling comfortable publicly criticizing Bush in the post-9/11 era.

Compare that Kanye West to the man who admires Donald Trump, after Trump ran a campaign based on racism, sexism, and anti-Semitism:

In the video, West keeps telling the audience to “express your opinion,” as if simply having an opinion has merit. It doesn’t. And it doesn’t exonerate poor opinions.

Adding to the fun, Kanye is planning on running for president in 2020. And before anyone laughs at the ridiculousness of that suggestion, look who’s moving into the White House on January 20.

Kanye’s comments remind me of my Uber ride in Chicago yesterday. My driver was originally from Mexico, immigrated 30 years ago, and told me he didn’t vote because while he thought Trump was “crazy,” he really didn’t like Hillary. He also told me that he voted for Romney in 2012.

I asked the driver why didn’t he like Hillary, and he said that he hoped Trump would force American companies to bring our jobs back from places like Mexico. I asked him if he realized that Trump might send him back to Mexico in return? He laughed. But he still likes Trump more than Hillary.

There’s more going on here than simply the notion that Trump won because America is racist. And I think racism certainly played a role. But, as I noted earlier, voter turnout was down across the board, across all communities, including the African-American and Latino community.

Wikileaks and Russia played a role. FBI Director Comey played a role. Racism played a role. Donald Trump’s incessant populist lies played a role. Hillary’s negatives, as unfair as they are, played a role. And Donald Trump pandering to racism, sexism and anti-Semitism played a role.

I still don’t have a clear answer as to “what” went wrong. It was a lot of things.

John Aravosis
Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children’s Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O’Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in New York City, and is the cofounder of TimeToResign.com. Bio, article archive.

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