Kanye West remained onstage after his set on Saturday Night Live to deliver a long-winded, pro-Trump rant that elicited boos and laughter from a shocked crowd.
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The speech did not air in the final broadcast of the show, but was captured on social media by various sources, including comedian Chris Rock, who can be heard laughing while filming the rapper.
"So many times I talk to a white person and [they] say, '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," West said.
The 'Jesus Walks' rapper addressed the crowd while wearing a Make America Great Again hat, an accessory he has frequently donned in support of President Trump.
"You wanna see the sunken place? Okay, Im'a listen to y'all now. I'ma put my Superman cape on," West said, removing and then replacing his cap.
"Because this [hat] means you can't tell me what to do."
West's comments were not received well by the Saturday Night Live audience. Only a few responded with sparse applause before a chorus of boos rang out.
"They're laughing at me. You heard them? They screamed at me," West continued. "They bully me. They bullied me backstage."
West added that he had been told "don't go out there with that hat on".
President Trump later praised West for his speech and fashion choice, saying he was "leading the charge."
The Grammy Award winner later elaborated on his motivation for wearing a MAGA hat on Twitter.
"This represents good and America becoming whole again," he wrote.
"We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment," he added, referring to the clause in the US Constitution that saw slavery abolished in 1865.
West later clarified that he wanted to "amend the 13th amendment," calling it "slavery in disguise," an apparent reference to the laws around prisoners working for free.