Rap star Kanye West criticized social media as a tool of manipulation and defended his support for President Donald Trump during a worship service Saturday.

Close to 10,000 people attended the event, with many waiting since 4 a.m. to see Kanye, who took to the stage shortly after 1:30 p.m. In photos from Deseret News, students can be seen perched on ledges and roofs of nearby buildings eager to catch a glimpse of the rapper.

While Mormons elsewhere in the community held the 189th Semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, West preached at The Gateway in Salt Lake City about the ways society tries to control your behavior.

“Do not read comments on the Internet,” West told a captivated audience.

“These people don’t know you like that,” he told them. “Social media is designed to make you think slower… They want to slow you down and control you.”

West then turned to politics, praising Abraham Lincoln as a member of the Republican party which freed the slaves, before going on to reject the unspoken doctrine prohibiting him from supporting Trump.

“People call me a coon, because I chose my right – in America we got the right, right? We got the right to our own opinion.”

“They try to tell me because of my color who I’m supposed to pick as the president,” West said. “‘You’re black, so you can’t like Trump.’ I ain’t never made a decision only based off my color. That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery.”

West also labeled out the media “mind controllers,” before going on to sing his 2004 hit “Jesus Walks.”

The concert is the latest in an ongoing series of spirituals West has been conducting across the country, in which he incorporates music with Sunday services possibly in anticipation of his soon-to-be-released album “Jesus is King.”

Recently he was attacked by an LGBT advocacy group over his song “Closed on Sundays,” which contains references to the Christian-based Chick-fil-A restaurant.


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