Chris Redd reflects on Kanye West’s 2018 pro-Trump rant on ‘SNL’

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Chris Redd flashed back to the time Kanye West came to the show and ranted in support of former President Donald Trump.

For context, West was a guest on the show’s season 44 premiere in 2018 and performed his song “Ghost Town.” When cameras stopped rolling, he started addressing the crowd.

“The Blacks want always Democrats … you know it’s like the plan they did, to take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare … does anybody know about that? That’s a Democratic plan,” Kanye, who was wearing a MAGA hat, said. “There’s so many times I talk to, like, a white person about this and they say, ‘How could you like Trump? He’s racist.’ Well, uh, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.”

Redd apparently knew Ye was preparing the rant. Speaking to Daily Beast, he said he overheard the rapper rehearsing backstage.

“He came in there wanting to shoot everybody — verbally — and I just felt that was disrespectful, because we’re all grown adults,” says Redd. He says that at the time his thought was, “I’m not going to entertain this.” 

Four years after that memorable SNL appearance, Redd says of West, “Now all of us don’t like [him].”

In other Kanye news, the rapper’s being sued for his unauthorized use of the sample for Boogie Down Production’s “South Bronx.” As Rolling Stone reports, Phase One Network, the asset management company overseeing Boogie Down’s catalog, accuses Ye of copyright infringement, alleging he sought licensing permissions to use the sample on Donda’s “Life of the Party” and later retracted his request. The song dropped on Stem Player, leading the production company to believe Ye and the app “have direct financial interest” in the unauthorized record.

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