‘Eyes Are Being Opened’: Trump Praises Kanye West, Chance The Rapper For Conservative Push

Kanye West is aboard the Trump train. After a hiatus from Twitter, the rapper and producer is back and is full of philosophical and political shorts. Amid his return to the social media platform, West has also taken to expressing his support for President Trump.

And, the two men are taking the internet by storm.

West seemingly began his push for the conservative platform by tweeting about conservative commentator Candace Owens, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks.”

The tweet quickly went viral. The rapper responded to criticisms by saying he was a “free thinker” and said people should “question everything.” He also said he loves President Trump and called him his “brother.”

West said “the blinders are off” and later posted a picture of him in a Trump campaign “Make America Great Again” hat.

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Trump thanked West for the show of support tweeting, “Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community – Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades – Legacy Stuff! Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott, they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history).”

The somewhat unusual interaction has blindsided those on the Left who are confused how to respond. Per Fox News:

The “dragon energy” between President Trump and Kanye West is growing stronger.

The leader of the free world on Friday thanked the iconoclastic rapper for his “great service” to the black community, after Kanye risked condemnation from fellow artists and other celebrities by publicly praising Trump.

West was met with some resistance by fellow famed musician John Legend, BizPac Review reports:

Kanye West’s level of “wokeness” is next-level based on his text exchanges with friend John Legend. Legend was upset that West has publicly voiced his support for President Donald Trump and tried to get Kanye to disavow him.

Kanye responded by posting Legend’s text on Twitter, and accused Legend of trying to manipulate him by using his fans as leverage.

West retorted: “I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts. You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.”

The incident illustrates the quasi-bullying and pressure — both subtle and overt — that minority Trump supporters experience when they defect from the Democratic Plantation and think for themselves.

West quickly found some support for his comments, Fox News reports:

Chance The Rapper earlier this week said “black people don’t have to be democrats.” Dr. Darrell Scott, a pastor and member of Trump’s transition team, also backed Kanye’s recent support for Trump on “Fox & Friends.”

His pro-Trump tweetstorm came on the heels of him voicing support for conservative commentator Candace Owens and Dilbert cartoon creator Scott Adams.

In an interview with “Fox & Friends” Thursday, Trump hailed his friendship with West.

“I have known Kanye a little bit and I get along with Kanye…but Kanye looks and he sees black unemployment at the lowest it’s been in the history of our country, he sees Hispanic unemployment at the lowest it’s been in the history of our country. He sees female unemployment at the lowest it’s been in 19 years,” he said.

And, via Washington Examiner:

Sen. Tim Scott, a black Republican from South Carolina, on Friday said R&B singer John Legend’s claim that rapper Kanye West is selling out African-Americans to back a white Republican president’s policies is nonsense.

“Is Kanye betraying the African-American community? That is what John Legend is saying,” Fox News co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt asked Scott.

“A southern word: that’s Hogwash. There is no way in the world that that’s anything except standing up for folks that cannot stand up for themselves,” Scott said. “Chance the Rapper said it well, ‘Because you’re black, does not mean you’re a Democrat, period.’

Continued:

“You say that they have nothing in common but the reality is, President Trump’s policy direction has helped lower African-American unemployment to the lowest in recorded history,” Scott added. “While there are a lot of differences that you would imagine between two of them, the fact is, if you’re both focusing on moving the country together with no exclusions, you can see why Kanye is talking positively about President Trump.”

“The president signed on to creating opportunity zones in the most distressed communities, which will disproportionately have a positive impact on the black community. So why would it be contradictory or inconsistent with what is in the best interests of black males specifically, being one, than the free opportunities for higher educational achievement, more jobs, and frankly more wealth in the African-American community?” Scott asked.

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