Kanye West made political head waves during a Twitter rant last week where he reiterated his support for President Trump. During an interview with TMZ Kanye double-downed on his support and voiced several other unconventional opinions.
“The ability to do what no one said you can do, to do the impossible,” West explained as part of the reason why he admires President Trump. In his new single “Ye Vs. the People,” he talks about the decision to Tweet out a photo of him in a MAGA hat saying: “Make America Great Again had a negative perception/I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction.”
West made more headlines during his interview with TMZ where he was quoted as saying: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” The statement came on the coattails of a larger point about wanting to refer to slavery as a prison, because prison has a connotation that does not solely correspond to African Americans.
After making this point TMZ staffer Van Lanthan launched back at him. “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought,” Lanthan said.
“While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” Lathan continued. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice.”
West has been posting Tweets as of late in support of arguments and personalities endorsed by the right. “Abe Lincoln freed and protected the slaves and he was Republican. Republicans were the ones who’s helped black people. Democrats protected the rights of the slave owners in the south,” he posted from a conversation with an anonymous user.
Several musicians have voiced their disappointment with West’s support of Trump, with John Legend making an especially vocal plea.
“Abraham Lincoln was indeed a Republican,” Legend said. “They love bringing that up to deflect from the fact that now the Republicans have become the party of the Confederacy.
“They defend the Confederate flag and oppose civil rights advances almost uniformly. When Lyndon Johnson (a Democrat) signed the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act into law, he acknowledged that the Democrats would probably lose the south for a generation. And eventually he was right.”