John Legend And Kanye West Are Having A Brawl Over Personal Views On Trump
April 27, 2018 16:17 By Fabiosa
Days after sharing tweets praising President Trump, Kanye West seems unlikely to change his position. Fans of the rapper have been particularly upset that West took a jab at former President Obama.
Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
West also defended his position, suggesting that he was entitled to his opinion. Most of all, he said he admired President Trump’s energy despite the negative press and suggested antagonism he has been facing.
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
West’s tweet got the attention of President Trump who hardly ignores messages that seem to support him and his presidency. Trump tweeted back on Wednesday, saying "Thank you Kanye, very cool!"
Thank you Kanye, very cool! https://t.co/vRIC87M21X— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2018
Just last week, West told Hot 97’s host Ebro Darden "I love Donald Trump", and fans consider this a slippery slope. In December 2016, West met with Trump at Trump Tower.
If your friend jumps off the bridge you don't have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don't tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
I love Hillary too.
John Legend asked Kanye to rethink his position on Trump
In the midst of the Twitter drama, it looks like John Legend reached out to his friend and long-time collaborator via text. He was clearly worried about the backlash West would receive, especially from fans.
Legend tried to talk his friend out of showing support for President Trump and was pretty civil about it. However, West did not sound moved by Legend’s words. In response, he firmly declined to change his stance.
I imagine there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences. However...— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
Legend had earlier shared a series of tweets where he further explained his concerns about West supporting President Trump and, suggestively, his policies. For him, the outcome, especially in regards to his fanbase, was far more reaching that West seemed to realize.
Far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can't be blind to the truth.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
Kim still supports her man
Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to lend support to West after the bashing he received. In one tweet, she called out the press for consistently suggesting West was mentally unstable each time he shares his personal thoughts on social media.
To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this... your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
In another tweet, she made it clear that West was still entitled to his opinion, even if Americans and fans did not like it much.
Yesterday it was announced that Kanye had parted ways with some business people and media outlets made this about Kanye’s mental health. Rather than just a simple business decision. So I’m glad he tweeted about the state of his company and all of the exciting things happening— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America? Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair. He’s actually out of the sunken place when he’s being himself which is very expressive— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
Earlier, Kanye shared an update to his pro-Trump tweet, trying to clear the air. Apparently, Kim was concerned about the negative feedback and wanted him to reiterate his position on President Trump.
my wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don't agree with everything Trump does. I don't agree 100% with anyone but myself.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
If West’s tweets are anything to go by, it is understandable why Kim would be upset. She did make a very valid point. Despite President Trump’s unpopularity, he still is working in the best interests of the American people. Some of his decisions may be flawed, but some have been widely applauded as being positive for the people.