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Kanye West Explains His Support Of President Trump

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By Desmund Ullrich

Kanye West has recently reaffirmed his support for Donald Trump, whom he has previously called “his brother”. The rapper-producer-designer and whatnot has come under fire in recent years since voicing his support of President Trump. But in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, the designer revealed how he felt when strangers assumed his political views based on his race, among other things. West says people make assumptions about his political views because of his race, automatically assuming he would disagree with Trump’s views.

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He also compares the reaction he meets for publicly wearing his 'Make America Great Again' Trump supporter hat to racial profiling and discrimination. “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,” the musician says. “‘This is your place, Ye, don’t talk about apparel. This is your place, Ye, you’re black, so you’re a Democrat.’”

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West has previously faced blowback for praising Candace Owens, a conservative black activist, and suggesting slavery “was a choice”. West later apologized for the slavery comments.

West’s words of support for Trump came as medical experts, health officials, and growing numbers of unemployed workers criticize the president’s response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The rapper is known for publicly attacking the inadequate federal response to national crises. In 2005, he memorably said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when a ravaged New Orleans had yet to receive substantial federal assistance, but somehow our current situation is amiss in his blinded support of Trump.

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West also revealed that he worked closely with Trump and the White House adviser Jared Kushner to help free his friend, the rapper A$AP Rocky, who was detained by the Swedish government for aggravated assault charges some nine months ago. Trump tweeted about the case following a conversation with West, suggesting the rapper had a major influence on his decision. “Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky,” Trump said at the time.

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The past few days have been turbulent for West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. Over the weekend footage of a highly controversial phone call between the rapper and Taylor Swift was leaked to the Internet. To some, the extended clip, recorded around 2015, provided proof that West had lied about asking Swift for permission to call her a “bitch” in a song lyric and intentionally set out to disparage her public image. The rapper spoke out against the newly-emerged accusations, and wrote that Swift was lying.

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