President Trump continued dousing rapper Kanye West with praise Thursday after the rapper called Trump his ‘brother’ and said they shared similar ‘dragon energy.’
‘He has good taste,’ the president said during his wide-ranging call-in Thursday morning to Fox & Friends. ‘You know, I have known Kanye a little bit. And I get along with Kanye.’
Trump explained that he believed West was impressed with his record on black, Latino and even female unemployment, reminding the Fox & Friends co-hosts how he would tell African-American voters at rallies ‘What do you have to lose?’
‘He sees that stuff and he’s smart,’ Trump continued. ‘And he says, “Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did,”‘ the president added.
President Trump tweeted a ‘thank you’ to Kanye West Wednesday afternoon after a reporter asked about positive comments the rapper had made about Trump during the White House press briefing
In a second tweet about Kanye West, President Trump merely wrote ‘MAGA!’ – which is shorthand for ‘Make America Great Again’
The president was then asked if Republicans had done a bad job trying to court black voters.
‘You know, I think it was just a custom, people don’t realize, if you go back to the Civil War, it was the Republicans who really did the thing,’ Trump said. ‘Lincoln was a Republican.’
‘Somehow it changed over the years and I will say, I really believe it’s changing back,’ he added.
Despite only receiving 8 per cent of the African-American vote in 2016, Trump told Fox & Friends he ‘got a lot of support’ from black voters.
It is true, however, that President Obama had a heavier advantage against Mitt Romney among black Americans in comparison to Hillary Clinton.
Clinton beat Trump by 80 points, while Obama beat Romney by 87 points, according to Pew.
The president’s Thursday morning comments came after he gave the rapper two shout-outs on Twitter on Wednesday.
‘Thank you Kanye, very cool!’ Trump wrote, including West’s original message in his tweet.
In a second tweet, Trump wrote ‘MAGA’ – shorthand for ‘Make America Great Again’ as the president shared the rapper’s photo of his signed red Trump hat.
West had said, ‘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 added.
‘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,’ said the rapper, who is married to reality television star Kim Kardashian.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about Kanye West’s comments at Wednesday’s press briefing
In December of 2016, he actually met with President Donald Trump but soon after deleted all his post about the President after he was hit with a wave of criticism
Kanye West continued to show his support for President Donald Trump on Wednesday, even tweeting a picture of himself in a Make America Great Again hat (here with music mogul Lyor Cohen pictured center)
Kanye West has once again declared his support for Donald Trump, calling the president his ‘brother’ and saying they both share ‘dragon energy’
In his next tweet, Kanye wrote that he loved also Clinton and claimed that ‘Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split’ for the people in his life
Less than an hour later, West tweeted that his wife Kim Kardashian had called him about the Trump tweet.
‘My wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don’t agree with everything Trump does,’ he wrote.
‘I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.’
West also tweeted a photo of himself wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and referred to himself as a ‘future president.’
West’s public support for Trump even made its way into the discussion at the White House press briefing on Wednesday, shortly before the president sent out his tweet.
A reporter asked Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if Trump had reached out to West following the rapper’s recent praise.
‘I don’t know of any conversation that they’ve had over the last week or so, I’ll keep you posted if that changes,’ Sanders said, breaking into a smile.
‘I know they met during the transition, that’s the only meeting I’m aware of that’s taken place, or conversation,’ she added, noting, ‘Before everybody has a meltdown and thinks we had a meeting last week.’
Ivanka Trump also tweeted about Kanye West’s praise for her father on Wednesday too.
First daughter and White House aide Ivanka Trump also tweeted about Kanye West showing support for her father
Less than an hour later, West tweeted that his wife Kim Kardashian had called him about the Trump tweet
Kardashian (pictured with West in a recent family photo) was a vocal supporter of Clinton during the 2016 presidential election campaign
Last year West shared with a Californian concert audience that he would have voted for Trump
West first revealed his support for Trump shortly after the November 2016 election, when he told a California concert audience he would have voted for the Republican.
‘I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump,’ he said.
‘We live in a racist country. That is a fact. This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much.’
But in a separate tweet on Wednesday, Kanye wrote that he loved also Clinton, who Kardashian publicly supported in the 2016 presidential election.
‘If your friend jumps off the bridge you don’t have to do the same,’ he began. ‘Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you.’
‘I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump,’ he told the crowd shortly after the November 2016 election
West continued to discuss free thought, saying he loves when ‘people have their own ideas’
‘For people in my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don’t tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary I love Hillary too.’
The rapper continued to discuss free thought, saying he loves when ‘people have their own ideas’.
‘You don’t have to be allowed anymore. Just be. Love who you want to love. That’s free thought,’ he wrote.
‘I’m not even political. I’m not a democrat or a republican.’
West (pictured outside an LA music studio on Tuesday) recently came under fire for tweets supporting far right-wing media personality Candace Owens
But on Wednesday West declared that he was ‘not scared anymore’ and ‘not scared of the media’ either
West declared that he was ‘not scared anymore’ and ‘not scared of the media’.
‘I’m not scared of the past and I’m optimistic about the future,’ he wrote. ‘This tweet is in love not fear.’
‘With love I am invincible,’ he continued in a separate tweet.
‘Truth is subjective but love is the most powerful force in the world and the world needs to express more of it.’
’No race religion region or political party can argue with the power of love,’ another tweet read.
West also began tweeting about love, saying it made him ‘invincible’ and that ‘no race religion region or political party can argue with the power of love’
West’s Wednesday afternoon tweets began with a proclamation that ‘traditional thinkers’ were locked in a ‘mental prison’.
‘Free thinkers don’t fear retaliation for your thoughts,’ he wrote. ‘The traditional thinkers are only using thoughts and words but they are in a mental prison.’
‘You are free. You’ve already won. Feel energized. Move in love not fear. Be afraid of nothing.’
West told his fans he was hitting them with his ‘zig zag thoughts’ and encouraged them to ‘unlearn linear thinking’, ‘decentralize’, and ‘burn that excel spread sheet’, phrases that were written in three separate tweets.
The tweets came just hours after West confirmed he had cut ties with his longtime manager Scooter Braun.
At one point during his stream-of-consciousness tweets, West shared a photo of eldest daughter North with a lady bug
The tweets came just hours after West confirmed he had cut ties with his longtime manager Scooter Braun
‘I no longer have a manager, I can’t be managed,’ he tweeted on Wednesday morning.
‘I’m nobody’s client,’ a separate tweet read.
Braun confirmed the news on Twitter this week, writing: ‘A man’s loyalty is truly tested when he is willing to stand by someone who will never show that same respect.
‘Don’t show that same love and loyalty waiting for reciprocation .. do it because your integrity demands.’
West also revealed he got rid of his last lawyer ‘because he wouldn’t come to work full-time’.
‘I also asked my last manager to come work full time for Yeezy of course the last lawyer and manager said no,’ he explained, seemingly referring to Braun.
‘So now I hired a CEO and a CFO and i have two full time lawyers as of now.’
The rapper proclaimed he was the ‘single highest paid person in footwear’ and said his fashion company Yeezy is the second ‘fastest growing company in history’
West then went on to declare himself ‘this generation’s Ford Hughes Jobs Disney’, referring to Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Steve Jobs, and Walt Disney.
The rapper proclaimed he was the ‘single highest paid person in footwear’ and said his fashion company Yeezy is the second ‘fastest growing company in history’.
‘It is a unicorn on its way to becoming a decacorn,’ he wrote.
‘Yeezy will become the biggest apparel company in human history,’ West declared in another post.
West’s tweets then turned to the media, as he called out both TMZ founder Harvey Levin as well as People Magazine for recent stories about the rapper.
‘Harvey Levin of TMZ your hearing from your future president,’ he wrote. ‘Let’s be friends. Please never use the word erratic to describe a person who is economically and psychologically empowered.’
‘People magazine. Watch how you speak my name,’ another tweet read. ‘You would love a pair of Yeezys. Don’t play yourself.’
West also tweeted pictures of his home, asking his followers if it looked ‘like the sunken place’, which is a reference to the film Get Out
While Kardashian didn’t call her husband out about sharing pictures of their home on social media, she did tweet that it was against a rule they had made as a couple
The Harvey Levin tweet was one of two instances in which West referred to himself as the future president on Wednesday.
In a tweet that followed shortly afterwards, he proclaimed: ‘When we become president we have to change the name of the plane from Air Force one to Yeezy force one’.
West then tweeted a number of sales figures for his Yeezy brand, proclaiming ‘the Yeezy 700 is adidas most requested shoe’ and ‘the Yeezy 350s sell 400 thousand pair in four hours. Only thing close to this is the iPhone’.
The rapper also tweeted a picture of eldest daughter North with a lady bug as well as pictures of his home, writing: ‘do this look like the sunken place’, a reference to the recent hit film Get Out.
At one point West’s tweets turned to the media, as he called out both TMZ founder Harvey Levin and People magazine for recent stories about the rapper
He also tweeted more pictures of his home, despite Kardashian’s protests, and said he left his emojis ‘Bart Simpson color’
West kept some of his other tweets simple, saying he would turn the ‘Grammys into the Yammys’ or declaring that he was ‘nice at ping pong’
As his stream-of-consciousness tweets continued, West revealed he leaves his emojis ‘Bart Simpson color’, that he’d turn the ‘Grammys into the Yammys’, and that he was ‘nice at ping pong’.
‘I’m used to the heat of independent thoughts,’ he wrote at one point.
West also revealed that he had songs coming out with A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott and Lil Uzi.
In one tweet he wrote: ‘Trav we gotta drop the track with me you and Uzi this week bro. Let’s goooooooooooooooooooooooo’.
‘Rocky we gotta release our songs ASAP,’ he said in another.
‘I’m 40 years old and I’m just now becoming my parents child,’ another tweet read.
West’s latest Twitter tirade comes just a day after popular New York radio host Ebro Darden claimed that rapper had previously battled an opioid addiction.
West’s latest Twitter tirade comes just a day after NY radio host Ebro Darden claimed that rapper had previously battled an opioid addiction before canceling his tour in 2016. The rapper is pictured here with Kardashian two months before his tour was canceled
Sources have claimed that West (pictured in 2015) does not have an opioid addiction but that he does have an acute mental illness and that those close to him are concerned
Darden took to his show Ebro In The Morning on HOT 97.1 in New York City on Monday to share the details of an alleged private conversation between him and West.
He claimed West told him: ‘Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital.’
It had been thought that the time that West had suffered from exhaustion weeks after his wife Kim Kardashian was robbed of millions in jewelry in Paris.
West famously cancelled his Saint Pablo concert at the The Forum in Inglewood, California on November 20, 2016 before cancelling the rest of the tour the following day.
During the same show, Darden claimed West said ‘I love Donald Trump’ and complained he ‘couldn’t get anything done’ when Barack Obama was president.
‘I reached out to Obama for years and couldn’t get anything done, but Trump gave me a meeting,’ Darden claimed West said during their private conversation.
Sources denied Daren’s claims that West had an addiction and told The Blast on Monday that he had actually been in the hospital for suffering extreme paranoia after not sleeping for over 48 hours.
In the same report, sources close to the rapper claimed that people in his ‘inner circle’ are concerned with his mental health.
They also claimed West has an acute mental illness which was even used as his defense in the lawsuit against Lloyds Of London over insurance money when it came to his canceled tour at the end of 2016.
A day after Daren talked about an alleged discussion between the two, Kanye phoned into Ebro In The Morning on New York’s Hot 97.1 radio station on Tuesday
One source told the publication: ‘We are all worried about his current mental health.’
They said a recent outburst by West at the studio had many worried as he shouted that he didn’t need ‘titles’ and that he could handle his career ‘all by himself’.
After saying all business would be ‘handled in-house’ it is claimed that West finished the outburst by saying ‘Yeezy is the new Apple’.
Kanye has had many buzzing since his return to Twitter last week but an insider for the publication said that his comments ‘aren’t making a lot of sense’ to his team.
It was believed that his social media flood were just to promote his upcoming albums, however, the site report that friends and family believe that he may be ‘spiraling into a dark place.’
A day after Darden claimed West had an opioid addiction, the rapper called into his show on Tuesday.
Rumors have also swirled that West’s recent Twitter outbursts have caused him to have ‘huge blow-ups’ with Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner (pictured together in 2015)
And one source claimed that, during a recent outburst in the studio, West shouted that he didn’t need ‘titles’ and that he could handle his career ‘all by himself’
But whenever Darden tried to ask him any questions, West would simply reply ‘I love you’ before breaking out into Stevie Wonder’s song I Just Called To Say I Love You.
West then told the radio host: ‘Meet me up in person and then we can talk afterwards but I just called to say I love you’.
Rumors have also swirled that West’s recent Twitter outbursts have caused him to have ‘huge blow-ups’ with Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner.
A source told People that Jenner has been upset with how ‘erratic’ West is acting and that she’s concerned about ‘her daughter’s brand’.
‘Everyone is really, really worried,’ the source added.
A source said that West has been ‘eccentric and erratic’ and that he ‘genuinely believes he’s God and a genius’, while another claimed he’s ‘all over the place’.
But another source close to the rapper said he’s just ‘being Kanye’ and that he likes to ‘stir the pot’.
‘He’s willing to take risks with his public persona,’ they said. ‘He doesn’t take it as serious as the internet takes it.’