President Donald Trump’s favorite rapper is at it again. Throughout Trump’s time in the national spotlight, Kanye West has at times shared the attention through his association with the controversial leader. He’s put forward a number of outlandish ideas, a list the contents of some of his latest public statements can be added to.
Sunday — the same day Trump commented publicly in his favor — he took to the internet to assert that the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, should be repealed. The direct driver for his latest ranting is apparent anger at the implementation of prison labor across the American economy, which the amendment doesn’t cover.
Alongside an image of him wearing a Trump hat, he wrote:
‘[T]his represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love’
this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love pic.twitter.com/a15WqI8zgu
— ye (@kanyewest) September 30, 2018
West quickly recanted his original assertion that the whole amendment should be thrown out since it doesn’t cover everything, saying instead that it should just be amended.
Still, there are plenty of ways to reforming the prison system that don’t include enacting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In other words, the rapper’s ranting remains gibberish that will fall by the wayside — unless his rumored future run for the presidency actually comes to fruition, that is. He reiterated his earnestness on that front during a weekend appearance on the first episode of the new season of Saturday Night Live.
The rant in which West floated those plans didn’t end up actually airing. Even still, West attracted the support of the president for his appearance, who tweeted that he was “leading the charge!” Trump soon after added a comment about how solidly he supposedly has the support of black Americans in the bag heading into future elections — so it’s clear what he associates West with. To him, he’s a political plaything to trot out and prove that he’s not so far off after all.
He’s made that clear before, commenting at an August rally in Ohio:
‘Now we’re doing great and Kanye West liked me. And that really lifted my numbers. Kanye West has some real power!’
Their repugnant “bromance” goes back further than that. In April, West posted that he and Trump shared “dragon energy” — whatever on earth that means — and Trump replied:
‘Thank you Kanye, very cool!’
West has attracted plenty of scrutiny in the past for reasons outside of his support for Donald Trump.
During an appearance on TMZ, for instance, he claimed that slavery was a choice, setting the conversation ablaze — and even sparking a skit mocking his comments on SNL that featured the multi-talented Donald Glover, whose opinions are perhaps more in line with reality than those West has put forward.
West’s questionable foundation puts him squarely in Trump’s court, and lets the public in on why it wouldn’t be surprising to see the two men continue to cross paths.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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