In September 2005, Kanye West famously blurted out “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people” while standing next to a stunned Mike Myers during a post-Hurricane Katrina telethon.
On Monday, in a weird turn of events, West proclaimed his love for President Donald Trump, who – among other things – insists the Central Park 5 are still guilty. West told Hot 97′s Ebro Darden that he supports President Trump and in fact doubled down on the sentiment.
“He said, ‘I do love Donald Trump,'” Ebro affirmed during his conversation on Ebro in the Morning.
“Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital,” West told Darden during their chat.
Less than a week after suddenly returning to Twitter and rattling off hundreds of tweets suggesting ranging from motivational non-sequiturs to a potential Nas album to what could be perceived as a potential book, West said he respected right-wing personality and some-time Twitter troll, Candace Owens, over the weekend. That one statement set\off a new firestorm that has alienated his most ardent supporters.
West said that he respects how Owens – a staunch detractor of Black Lives Matter – thinks.
Where is this coming from?
In 2016, Trump and West had a meeting to “discuss multicultural issues” weeks after he canceled his Saint Pablo Tour and was hospitalized. It was during a show in Sacramento that he famously pledged his allegiance to President Trump and confessed that he would have voted for him. It prompted a loud, resounding chorus of boos from fans in attendance.
According to Ebro, West claimed that he “reached out to President Obama for years and couldn’t get anything done,” but Trump gave him a meeting. Obama famously called Kanye a ‘jackass’ after he interrupted Taylor Swift’s MTV awards speech in 2009, then stood by the comment in an interview in 2012.
Darden said he challenged Kanye, suggesting that Trump merely used him for a quick photo opp, much like he did with other Black people like Steve Harvey, but Kanye responded that Trump is “a busy man.”
West’s support of Trump has suddenly made him popular with the likes of Owens, Alex Jones, and a number of conservative personality on Fox News. This should make for an interesting build towards his next album, which is set to be released on June 1.