Ice-T's message 'to people who think black people voted for Obama because he was black': He does not like Ben Carson

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Kanye West is already gathering inspiration for his 2020 presidential run (about which he is seemingly actually serious) and it's apparently not Hillary Clinton who gets his blood pumping this election season: It's the retired Republican neurosurgeon, Ben Carson.

"As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him," West told Vanity Fair in an interview published Thursday. "I was like this is the most brilliant guy."

That didn't sit so well with fellow rapper Ice-T, who responded on Twitter with an indirect slam of West's Vanity Fair rave, CNN reports. "A message to people who think Black people voted for Obama because he was Black. F--- Ben Carson. He's outta his Fn mind," Ice-T wrote.

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While live-tweeting the CNN Republican debate, Ice-T had also expressed his dislike of Carson:

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Carson had clarified his plan for treatment of Mexican workers during the debate as "not amnesty for a number of reasons," going on to explain that, "Number one, you know, I've talked to farmers, and they said they cannot hire Americans to do the kind of job that I'm talking about. And the second reason is because the individuals who register as guest workers, they don't get to vote, they are not American citizens, and they don't get the rights and privileges of American citizens. So that's key."

Who will Ice-T be voting for, then? He appears to be torn, as he's both raved that Clinton was "a G" as secretary of state — and also tweeted an endorsement of the internet meme Deez Nutz.

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.