On Friday, President Donald Trump praised recording artist Kanye West. The president wrote that West has “performed a great service to the Black Community.” Trump offered the warm words for West on Twitter where in recent days that two have exchanged messages of mutual admiration.

On Twitter, Trump wrote on Friday: “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!” 


Trump also thanked Chance the Rapper, a Chicago native, as well as Pastor Darrell Scott, a Republican commentator of Cleveland. Trump wrote: “Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott, they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history).” Trump tweeted.

This week, West had expressed his “love” for Trump but was excoriated by critics for his support of the president. West’s friend, Chance the Rapper (a.k.a. Chancelor Jonathan Bennet) tweeted on Wednesday in response to West’s critics: “Black people don’t have to be democrats.” On Friday morning, Scott tweeted: “Dems and Libs promote one’s right to 'Identify' with or as their personal preference, as long as one does not 'identify' as a 'Trump supporter.'"

However, after Trump tweeted his thanks, Chance the Rapper disavowed  the president, tweeting: "My fault yo," and writing in a longer statement that he would "never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism and discrimination."

He added, “I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism, and discrimination” 

“My name Bennett and I ain’t in it,” Chance the Rapper wrote and then retweeted Trump and declared, “Nah, that ain’t it yo.” He followed with a full statement:

“I didn’t speak up because I agree with what Kanye had to say or ’cause I fuck with Trump. I did it because I wanted to help my friend and ’cause I felt like I was being used to attack him,” he wrote. “I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism, and discrimination.” Chance continued, “So let my apology be seen in my future works, and let me make up for my poorly timed comments with immediate action and advocacy for those who need it most.” 

West first injected himself into politics by going to Trump Tower in December 2016 for an impromptu visit with Trump. Then, on Wednesday, he put himself again into the national poitical conversation by tweeting that “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.” West grew up in Chicago and tweeted that “Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.” He later tweeted a photo of red “Make America Great Again” cap that bore Trump's signature, while another photo he posted showed him apparently wearing the cap. The president later reciprocated on Wednesday with a tweet that read: “Thank you Kanye, very cool!”

On Thursday, morning Trump told the hosts of "Fox and Friends" on the Fox News Channel that West “has got good taste.” The president said, “You know, I have known Kanye a little bit, and I get along with Kanye. I get along with a lot of people, frankly, but Kanye looks and he sees black unemployment at the lowest it's been in the history of our country, OK?” Trump said. “He sees that stuff and he's smart. And he says, you know what? Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did.”

West's critics have accused him of appearing with Trump as a media stunt or suggested that he is mentally unbalanced.



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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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