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'SNL': Kanye West Gave Pro-Trump Speech That Didn't Make it to Air

Sunday - 30/09/2018 22:34
The rapper, sporting a Make America Great Again hat, called for more open political dialogue and hinted at a 2020 run.
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During the 44th season premiere of Saturday Night Live on Saturday, musical guest Kanye West gave a pro-Trump speech while wearing a Make America Great Again hat in a segment that was cut from the broadcast at the end of the show.

“There’s so many times I talked to a white person about this and they’re like, ‘How can you like Trump, he’s racist?’ Well, if I was concerned about racism I would have moved out of America a long time ago,” West said to the crowd, eliciting several claps and a number of boos.

West delivered the comments after a final performance following the cast's sign-off, and his speech was filmed and posted to Instagram by comedian Chris Rock who was in the crowd at the taping.

"You’ve got a situation where you need to have a dialogue and not a diatribe...It’s easy to make it seem like it's so, so, so one-sided," West said in his speech.

West also briefly alluded to plans of running for political office in 2020.

Representatives for Saturday Night Live declined to comment on the situation when contacted by The Hollywood Reporter.

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