‘Kanye is over’: Fury after rapper tweets support for Trump
Rapper Kanye West lost 10 million Twitter followers and is being accused of “siding with the oppressor” after tweeting his support for President Donald Trump, including a signed ‘Make America Great Again’ hat.
West returned to Twitter last week after a prolonged absence, and he immediately set tongues wagging by praising a black conservative and arguing that “thought police want to suppress freedom of thought.”
On Wednesday, though, he turned it up to 11 by posting a picture of a MAGA hat autographed by Trump and saying he’s “not scared of the media” anymore.
my MAGA hat is signed 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/DrDHJybS8V— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
And also I'm all the way out the sunken place. And I'm not scared anymore. I'm not scared of the media. I'm not scared of the past and I'm optimistic about the future. This tweet is in love not fear.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
He also tweeted that “the mob can’t make me not love” Trump. “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother,” West added.
Trump thanked the rapper for his support.
Thank you Kanye, very cool! https://t.co/vRIC87M21X— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2018
West’s endorsement of Trump cost him more than 10 million followers, and angry denunciations from those who could not stomach that a rapper who once argued that former President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” is now siding with the “oppressor.”
Ok, per the internet archive, it really does look like Kanye lost straight-up millions of followers today. Sheesh. pic.twitter.com/LYmwmsZcAt— Lindsey Adler (@lindseyadler) April 25, 2018
kanye really went from george bush hates black people to donald trump is my brother 🤷🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/WU2DQV2dPF— BlackLivesMatter✊🏿 (@ILoveBeinBlack) April 25, 2018
This isn’t funny to me. I don’t want to see your hot takes. Kanye West’s music and his energy saved me from the darkest times of my life. And now he chooses to align himself with the oppressor? I’m hurt. My heart is broken. #RIPKanye— Blair Imani (@BlairImani) April 25, 2018
West’s wife Kim Kardashian first asked him to clarify that he does not agree with Trump on everything.
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
When that failed to mollify the angry mob, Kim tried shaming them for insinuating Kanye has mental health problems.
“He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America?” she tweeted. “Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair.”
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
Meanwhile, posters with West’s face and Trump’s re-election slogan “Keep America Great” have been popping up across US cities.
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