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Kanye West: ‘I’m supporting the Democratic ticket in these midterms’

Kanye West, who was once famously called a “jackass” by President Obama, is expressing his last-minute support for the commander in chief and Democrats on the night of the midterm elections.

The “Yeezus” rapper, who has nearly 11 million Twitter followers, tweeted Tuesday evening:

West quickly added a get-out-the-vote message, writing:

The flood of Twitter posts is unusual for the entertainer, who married reality television star Kim Kardashian over the summer — West has only tweeted 94 times. They came less then a day after Kardashian, not one to delve into politics, also voiced her support for Obama on Twitter:

The Billboard chart topper has had a seemingly prickly relationship with politicians. He made headlines for saying that then-President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people,” during a Hurricane Katrina fundraising concert.

Obama has repeatedly called West, 37, a “jackass,” once making the remark after the Grammy winner interrupted singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at an MTV awards show in 2009. But Obama has also praised West, saying he’s “talented” and “smart.”

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