Kanye: A love affair with Trump
Like his “brother” Donald Trump, Kanye West sure knows how to provoke people, said Susan Matthews in Slate.com. The rapper professed his love for President Trump in a “multiday tweetstorm,” shocking and bewildering his 28 million followers with each new tweet. He called the president a “brother” who shares his “dragon energy,” to which Trump replied, “very cool!” When fellow musicians and fans objected, West dismissed them as the “thought police,” and was spotted wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat signed by Trump—provoking “frustration and horror from the Left and wild enthusiasm from the Right.” Since West has been previously hospitalized, some outraged fans attributed his pro-Trump tweets to mental illness, but like Trump, he’s “always been like this”—a self-proclaimed genius and provocateur who “thrives in chaos.”
West, unfortunately, has fallen for “the worst black Republican sales pitch,” said David Swerdlick in WashingtonPost.com. He’s become a sucker for “the trope that black Americans are slaves on the Democratic Party plantation.” Before praising Trump, West tweeted out his admiration for Candace Owens, an African-American conservative activist who derides the Black Lives Matter movement’s “victim mentality.” If the superwealthy West thinks that racial injustice is a mere myth, no wonder he sees nothing wrong with Trump. For most black Americans, said Vann Newkirk in TheAtlantic.com, “this administration is not just an exercise of contrarian ‘free thinking.’” Trump has brazenly encouraged the police to knock some heads when arresting people, denounced Black Lives Matter as un-American, and tried to take health insurance away from millions of poor and working-class Americans. That kind of victimhood isn’t in black people’s heads.
It’s time for the Left to grow up, said Kyle Smith in the New York Post. We conservatives don’t “curl up into a fetal position” every time we hear cultural icons like Bruce Springsteen, Steven Spielberg, and Meryl Streep spouting views we think are “asinine.” So what if Kanye is one of the 60 million Americans who like Trump? Secular liberals give artists and celebrities like Kanye far too much “spiritual” power, said David French in NationalReview.com. That’s why his “anguished” former admirers feel such a “deep and profound” sense of betrayal, as if “their pastor has abandoned his flock.” West has taught his fans a valuable lesson: “Hero worship is spiritual poverty.”