Kanye West sees President Trump as family.
The rapper championed Trump in a tweet Wednesday, calling the President his “brother” and expressing his “love” for him.
“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,” he continued. “That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
The tweet from West — who memorably met with Trump several weeks after the 2016 election — comes two days after Hot 97 host Ebro Darden said on his radio show that the rapper told him in a recent phone conversation that he loves Trump.
West has said in the past that he plans to run for president in 2020, though he cryptically tweeted “2024” on Tuesday, leading some to believe he’s delaying those plans. Trump’s second term would end in 2024 if he gets reelected in 2020.
The rapper also previously tweeted “2024” after meeting with Trump at Manhattan’s glitzy Trump Tower in 2016 to discuss what the rapper later described as “multicultural issues.”
West sparked controversy over the weekend when he tweeted praise for Candace Owens, a conservative commentator who has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I love the way Candace Owens thinks,” he wrote, drawing the ire of some followers.
West’s praise for Trump on Wednesday might not sit well with his other self-described “brother.”
Jay-Z — who is the subject of West’s 2007 song “Big Brother” — supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and has been critical of Trump.
Jay-Z recently explained on David Letterman’s show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” that one “great thing” that’s come from Trump’s presidency is that people have been forced to talk about America’s issues.
“What he’s forcing people to do is have a conversation and people to band together and work together,” the rapper said. “Like, you can’t really address something that’s not revealed. He’s bringing out an ugly side of America that we wanted to believe was gone and it’s still here. We still gotta deal with it.”
In that same interview, Jay-Z described West as his “brother,” despite their relationship hitting a rough patch in recent years.
“We’re beyond friends. Really, like literally, my little brother is Kanye,” he told Letterman. “And like your little brother, things happen sometimes.”
West’s wife Kim Kardashian, meanwhile, urged the “Famous” rapper to specify what he meant with his tweet about Trump.
“My wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone,” West tweeted. “I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100 percent with anyone but myself.”
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