It used to be that when we saw Kanye West’s name in the news it had to do with new music or something involving his famous in-laws, the Kardashians. But these days, the rapper’s name is synonymous with politics, and more specifically, President Donald Trump.
On Tuesday, following his controversial Saturday Night Live performance, West wore his read “Make America Great Again” hat to an interview with Harvey Levin of TMZ, where he was asked several times to take off his hat, The Daily Wire reported.
Levin begged the rapper to remove the hat because it would make Levin and others “feel better.”
“I would love it, Kanye, if you would not wear that hat. It would make me and a lot of other people feel better,” Levin said. “In fact, why don’t we say, ‘Please take off the hat, Kanye!’ How’s that?”
Kanye refused, citing the First Amendment.
“It’s not good,” Kanye said in response, choosing not to remove the hat.
Levin agreed that he could wear the hat, but then he claimed West doesn’t know what it “stands for,” which instantly sparked a debate.
“Exactly! First Amendment, baby! First Amendment! First Amendment,” Kanye said raising his voice, before launching into a discussion about the meaning behind the hat.
“Is it fair to say your hat doesn’t represent your support of Donald Trump?” Levin asked the star.
Kanye visibly paused, pondering his response.
“I am American, and I support and give my ideas and support and brilliance to whoever ends up in office,” he said, adding, “That’s my stance, as an American. I support our president, bottom line, no matter who they are. As an American, I support our president.”
“I already told you what this hat represents to me,” Kanye said. “This represents, y’all can’t bully me. … You can’t tell me what to do.”
On Monday, Snoop Dogg went after West when he posted a photo wearing his MAGA hat to his Instagram.
“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,” Kanye wrote. “Message sent with love.”
This post angered a lot of his followers, as well as fellow artist Snoop Dogg.
As Faithwire previously reported:
An Instagram account called “Baller Alert” posted a screenshot of West’s Instagram post, along with comments posted by DJ Pooh and Snoop Dogg.
DJ Pooh wrote, “MAGA – Music Ain’t Getting Attention,” while Snoop said, “Make ya music great again n***a,” calling West an “Uncle Tom a** n***a.”
(H/T: TheDaily Wire)