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Kanye West wasn’t ‘espousing political views’ in concert election rant: source

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This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.

Kanye West caused backlash on Thursday after he revealed that he would’ve cast his ballot for president-elect Donald Trump during his concert in San Jose, California.

But there appears to be some misunderstanding in terms of West’s political message.

West, 39, heard boos from the crowd after the admission, and continued his remarks, addressing racism, women’s rights, the Black Lives Matter movement and even Dave Chappelle.

“[Kanye]’s basically saying everyone has a right to their opinion and it’s important to have a dialogue about it. He was not espousing political views,” an insider tells PEOPLE. “It was strictly an egalitarian message. He was saying ‘Hey, let’s have a dialogue where everyone’s opinion is respected.’”

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West, who famously announced that he’d run for president in the year 2020, met with Hillary Clinton and even posed for a selfie with the then-candidate and his wife. He also reportedly donated $1,000 to President Obama’s 2012 campaign and gave $15,000 to the Democratic National Committee in 2015.

As for if Kanye and Kim are having marital issues over varying political views, the source denies the rumors saying, “They are good. Kanye is on record having donated to Hillary’s campaign.”

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