Kanye West: Wearing MAGA Hat is Standing Up Against ‘Liberal Bullies
West becomes more vocal about his support for Trump
Rap star Kanye West said that putting on a MAGA hat was standing up to the fear of a liberal backlash in a revealing interview on politics with Jimmy Kimmel.
West told Kimmel how he was told he couldn't be vocal about his support of President Donald Trump or his "career would be over."
" ...it took me a year and a half have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat no matter what the consequences were."
West also told Kimmel about his wife, Kim Kardashian's passion for helping Alice Johnson be granted clemency after being sentenced for a first-time drug offense following her visit to the White House.
“Just as a musician, African-American, guy out in Hollywood, all these different things, you know, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me. And then told me every time I said I liked Trump that I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over,” Kanye West told Kimmel.
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
“I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks- we’re supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only like, we can only be Democrats and all. So, even when I said it right before I went to the hospital and I expressed myself, and when I came out I had lost my confidence. So I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash and it took me a year and a half have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat no matter what the consequences were. And what it represented to me is not about policies because I’m not a politician like that, but it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said, in saying, you can’t bully me. Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me. Because at that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye."
West recently slammed former President Obama for failing to bring positive changes to his native Chicago during his 8 years in office.
“Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed,” West said on Twitter.
West adds to a long line of black rappers who have criticized Barack Obama for failing to bring positive change to black communities.
Other Obama critics include Killer Mike, Lupe Fiasco, and P. Diddy.
Last week Kanye expresses support for a black activist and opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, Candace Owens.