“I would’ve voted for Trump.” And with that, Kanye West begins his 2020 campaign for president

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Kanye West, who still plans to run for president in 2020, is already pulling his first campaign stunt. The hip-hop artist pressed pause on his show last night in San Jose, California for a full 40 minutes to talk politics—and specifically Donald Trump.

“I told y’all I didn’t vote, right,” West said. “If I had voted, I would’ve voted for Trump,” he added, to a round of cheers that quickly turned into boos as his audience registered what he was actually saying. (California was solidly pro-Hillary.)

While a full transcript isn’t available, audience members at the show shared some snippets of the abrupt political diatribe on social media, and it seems that Yeezy went on after his Trump endorsement to make a series of (not particularly well-received) comments on social and political issues tied to last week’s presidential election. Said the musician at one point:

The world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s just a fucking fact. We are in a racist country, period. Do not allow people to make us talk about that so fucking long. Let’s talk about whatever the fuck we wanna talk about.

Here’s one fan’s record:

West once made everyone in the vicinity similarly uncomfortable when he declared on a live NBC telethon that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” after the 43rd president’s response to Hurricane Katrina striking New Orleans.

Yeezus also confirmed to fans that he was, in fact, serious about his promise last year to run for president.

Consider last night his formal candidate announcement.