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Kanye West storms out of concert, Twitter loses mind

Technically Incorrect: After two songs in Sacramento, the fascinating rapper disses Beyoncé and Jay Z and leaves.

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The song remains the same. Controversy.

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On Sunday morning, it wasn't this year's presidential election that was disturbing Twitter.

It was the next. Specifically, 2020 self-described candidate Kanye West.

The rapper and all-around controversialist had already caused something of a stir last week by revealing at a concert in San Jose, California that if he'd have voted he'd have voted for Donald Trump.

On Saturday night, West performed in California's capital, Sacramento, but not for long. As the Sacramento Bee reports, West sang two songs, offered speeches about all sorts of current affairs, and then stormed off, never to return.

In his speeches, he suggested that Google and Facebook had lied to everyone.

The Bee said West's self-reverential political commentary reached across the aisle: "This Saint Pablo tour is the most relevant (thing) happening, If your old a** keeps following old models, you'll be Hillary Clinton."

Kanye, one assumes, is the new model. And what a model. Wait, doesn't he wear pantsuits too?

Twitter postings of his performance reveal that he said: "This is a moment in the Matrix, bro." He railed against Beyoncé. He said she'd hurt him. He accused her of refusing to perform if she wasn't awarded Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards. Yes, over Kanye himself. That must have been hard for him.

He said he risked his own life to bring everyone the truth. He begged Jay Z to call him. "I know you got killers, please don't send them at my head. Just call me! Talk to me like a man!"

This was spinning into a very strange Matrix indeed.

Naturally, Twitter spun itself out of control. The hashtag #KanyeIsOverParty soared to the top of the trending chart. Everyone had their own reason for being there.

A tweeter called Liz, for example, offered: "kanye supports trump: *silence* kanye insults beyonce: #KanyeIsOverParty."

The GIFs rolled and rolled, with most simply aghast at what they saw as Kanye's essential silliness.

WillHAM@Cranberry posted wise social media comment: "Kanye isn't even mad at #KanyeIsOverParty because he will do anything just to be relevant and talked about."

The Bee reports that West's last words before leaving the stage were: "Press, get ready to write your passive aggressive, LeBron (James) racist comments -- get ready the show is over!"

One can barely wait for the hashtag #KanyeTheShowIsOver. It can't be easy when your wife is more famous than you are.