On Wednesday, recording artist Kanye West defended President Trump on Twitter, writing that the president’s haters cannot lessen his love for him, even if he doesn’t agree with everything Trump does.

“You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him,” West tweeted. “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.”

West was told by his wife and fellow celebrity Kim Kardashian, a Democrat, to clarify his support of Trump. He tweeted, “[M]y 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.”

Trump issued his thanks to West on Twitter.

Ever since West went to visit President-elect Trump at Trump Tower in New York City after the 2016 election he has faced criticism from progressives. He tweeted to his critics that he would never tell someone not to support former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “I don't tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary,” he said. “I love Hillary too.” West clarified that he is neither a Democrat or a Republican. “I love when people have their own ideas. You don't have to be allowed anymore. Just be,” he said. “Love who you want to love. That's free thought. I'm not even political. I'm not a democrat or a republican.” When he met Trump at Trump Tower in 2016, West said that they discussed various cultural issues. “He’s a good man,” Trump said after the meeting. “We’ve been friends for a long time.”

Fellow recording artist Chance the Rapper chimed in, apparently in support of West's tweets. In a Wednesday tweet, he wrote: "Black people don’t have to be democrats." Chance the Rapper is from Chicago and was named Chancelor Jonathan Bennett at birth. 

West also tweeted a criticism of Barack Obama. West grew up in Chicago, but was born in Atlanta.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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