Trump tweets praise for Kanye West on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Kanye West and then-President-elect Donald Trump.
Kanye West and then-President-elect Donald Trump. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images/file 2016)

NEW YORK — 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!’’