Kanye West Defends Trump Support: Making Decisions Based on Race is 'Mental Slavery'
Rapper defends his right to show support for the President
West spoke on Saturday during his Sunday Service session in Salt Lake City, and pointed out that slavery was abolished when former Republican President Abraham Lincoln was in office.
"That's the Republican Party that freed the slaves," West said.
West added that he faces criticism because he "chose my right."
"And we got the right, right? We got a right to our opinions, right?" he asked.
"You black, so you can't like Trump?," he continued.
"I ain't never made a decision only based on my color. That's a form of slavery, mental slavery."
According to the Deseret News, around 7,000 to 10,000 were in attendance at West’s event.
Last year, West spoke about the notion of "mental slavery" during a controversial TMZ Live interview.
The rapper suggested that slavery was a "choice."
Kanye West At Sunday Service Salt Lake City talked about the Republican Party of Lincoln freeing the slaves and how he supports Trump: “I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color. That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery.” pic.twitter.com/0Cwom01ipF— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) October 5, 2019
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said.
“Like, you was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks," West continued.
"It’s like slavery, Holocaust. Holocaust, Jews. Slavery is blacks," he added.
"So, prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”
Earlier this year, West told David Letterman, that 'liberals bully people who are Trump supporters.'
"This is like my thing with Trump—we don't have to feel the same way, but we have the right to feel what we feel," West said.
West told Kimmel in 2018 how he was told he couldn't be vocal about his support of President Donald Trump or his "career would be over."
But the rap star admitted:
"I've never voted in my life' and said his donning the red cap was 'not about politics."