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Kanye West Covers 'WSJ Magazine' & Opens Up About Trump Support Backlash

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By Marisa Roman

This is not a Kanye West/Taylor Swift feud post. Phew, okay not that that’s out of the way… Kanye West recently graced the cover of WSJ Magazine and within the interview, the controversial rapper opened up about a variety of topics. However, what was most enlightening about the interview was the unwavering support that West still has for Donald Trump. West has faced serious backlash from fans in the past over his support for the President, with fans even encouraging others to “cancel” the rapper.

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While West has been known to have quite the controversial beliefs in the past, the one thing that the rapper has not wavered on is letting other people influence his decisions. West reflected on his political views for the April issue of WSJ. Magazine which came out today, and detailed how his fans reacted to his support of Trump. West noted that fans were disappointed when he stood by Trump’s side, to which he said was unfair. The rapper explained that his fans just made an assumption of him simply because of his race and profession.

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West went on to explain to the magazine, “I’m a black guy with a red [MAGA] hat, can you imagine? It reminded me of how I felt as a black guy before I was famous, when I would walk in a restaurant and people would look at you like you were going to steal something. ‘This is your place, Ye, don’t talk about apparel. This is your place, Ye, you’re black, so you’re a Democrat.’” Of course, West was referencing his fashion line Yeezy at the mention of apparel.

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West then continued on to say that despite his power and prestige, people still try to influence his decision-making. West said, “Everything is about putting people in their place. Classism, protectionism—not just racism. Classism is like living on a bookshelf. The more money you have, the higher you go. And you get to the top and look over and what do you see? Fear.” West also threw into the interview for good measure, “I do not like the word ambitious. I’m Kanye West. The word ambitious is beneath my abilities. I’m just a doer. You can see in my eyes there’s not one bit of fear.”

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The interview delves deeper into other topics as well, including the fact that he believes “Yeezy is the McDonald's and the Apple of apparel.” West, who is a 21-time Grammy winner also went into detail regarding his friendship with Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, as well as his concept for dome housing. West, who is a rapper-turned-evangelist, is also planning to work on a new record this spring, although it is unaware it the album will have religious ties like the previous album Jesus is King.

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