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Rapper Kanye West Faces Backlash Over Support of Trump

By Melanie Arter | April 27, 2018 | 4:15pm EDT
Rapper Kanye West (Screenshot)

Rapper Kanye West is facing continued backlash over his support for President Donald Trump and for recently voicing support for black conservative commentator Candace Owens.

Owens, who has been a vocal supporter of the president, has called out Black Lives Matter protesters, saying, they have a “victim mentality.”

West said he liked the way Owens thinks because she’s challenging conventional black thought.

Then the backlash began. West was blasted by liberals on Twitter and by his colleagues in the music industry. People accused West of being stuck in “the sunken place” - a reference to the movie “Get Out.”

West defiantly tweeted a picture of a Make America Great Again hat that was signed by Trump and later posed for a picture with him wearing it.

On Wednesday, he tweeted his support for Trump, saying, “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."

He later criticized former President Barack Obama. That same day, he tweeted that “Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.”

Despite rumors that he lost millions of Twitter followers for his support for Trump, Twitter confirmed to The Verge that Kanye West’s followers remain at around 27 million followers, which is roughly the same amount he had before his recent pro-Trump tweets.

“We can confirm that Kanye’s follower count is currently at approximately 27M followers. Any fluctuation that people might be seeing is an inconsistency and should be resolved soon,” Twitter said in a statement.

West also tweeted a text message conversation he had with singer John Legend, who tried to talk him out of supporting Trump.

“I really appreciate this dialogue with John Legend because I'm actually very empathetic. Im still the kid from the telethon. I feel when people think of MAGA they don't think of empathy,” he tweeted.

“Hey it’s JL. I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump. You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion. So many people who love you feel betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color. Don’t let this be part of your legacy. You’re the greatest artist of our generation,” Legend texted to West.

West responded by saying, “I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts. You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate free thought.”

 

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