Trump tweets praise for Kanye West on 'Saturday Night Live'

    FILE- In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo Kanye West attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Event held at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park during New York Fashion Week in New York. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)

    NEW YORK (AP/WPMI) — President Donald Trump has panned "Saturday Night Live's" season premiere but tweeted praise for Kanye West, who closed the show with a pro-Trump message.

    Saturday's show opened with Matt Damon playing Brett Kavanaugh in a parody of Thursday's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on sexual assault claims.

    As the show ended, West took the stage wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and made an unscripted pro-Trump speech after the credits rolled.

    Videos of the speech circulated on social media.

    Trump tweeted Sunday that he didn’t watch the show — it's "no longer funny" and "is just a political ad for the Dems."

    He added: "Word is that Kanye West, who put on a MAGA hat after the show (despite being told 'no'), was great. He's leading the charge!"

    An hour later, West responded to the criticism of his "SNL" performance and support of President Trump with his own tweet, featuring a photo of himself wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap.

    "This represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love," West's tweet said.

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