Kanye West has never been one to conform to social expectations. His most recent series of tweets is a perfect example as the rap artist and fashion maverick unabashedly touted his support of President Donald Trump. But what may initially seem like an unusual pairing, could actually make sense. Both the POTUS and West appear to share enjoyment in doing things differently and shaking up the norm.
As the MAGA hat-wearing West referred to Trump as his “brother,” the president called the star “smart.” The Twitter rants of both parties got a bit gooey, especially when the Yeezy creator mentioned that both he and Trump had “Dragon energy,” although neither claimed to agree completely with the other’s political view.
Some – a reported 6 million – took to Twitter to unfollow West and question his mental state. But West, who at time of publishing had nearly 28 million followers, did not back down, sending out phrases such as, “the mob can’t make me not love him [Trump].”
The president fired back with, “Thank you Kanye, very cool!”
The love fest did not go unnoticed by late-night hosts Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel who used the tweets to spoof Trump’s allegedly short list of African American fans. The latter host went so far as to say he hopes Ben Carson doesn’t get jealous.
Perhaps what is not as controversial is what West is truly trying to convey with his poetic, high road-style tweets. It’s not so much about what Kanye believes; it’s all about what Kanye has the right to believe.
The rap artist may have to lay it out in beat in order to get his point across to others like John Legend, who urged his friend to recant his support of the President of the United States of America.
As for Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, she plunked down her support of her husband and his prerogative to openly proclaim his views, but made sure to preserve her followers by clarifying that her views are not the same.