President Trump offered his thanks to Chance the Rapper in a tweet including Kanye West, but the entertainer walked back his comments after an online furor.
Here's what happened
After Kanye West was blasted on social media for tweeting pro-Trump videos, he doubled down on his comments, and many believed that fellow rapper Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, was following in his example.
Black people don’t have to be democrats.— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1524692984.0
"Black people don’t have to be democrats," Bennett tweeted simply on Wednesday.
He also defended West from critics who were questioning his mental health over his pro-Trump tweets. "He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health," Bennett tweeted.
Next President gon be independent— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1524698508.0
But when the president thanked him and included the rapper in a list of African-Americans who he said were opening their eyes to the possibility of supporting Trump, Bennett rejected the claim.
"Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community," Trump tweeted. "Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades - Legacy Stuff!"
Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community - Big things are happening and eyes are being opene… https://t.co/DFbFcLSqsl— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1524834674.0
"Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott," he added. "they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history)."
"Nah that aint it yo," Bennett responded to the presidential tweet.
Nah that aint it yo https://t.co/hqA1NYGxE2— Chance The Rapper (@Chance The Rapper)1524840169.0
"Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about my city and my loved ones," Bennett said in a statement. "Kanye West is not just a mentor or big homie to me. He's my family. No matter how much I may disagree with him, it's hard for me to watch people talk about someone I love - even if they were justified in doing so. I didn't speak up because I agree with what Kanye had to say or cause I f**k with trump, I did it because I wanted to help my friend and cause I felt like I was being used to attack him. Unfortunately, my attempt to support Kanye is being used to discredit my brothers and sisters in the movement and I can't sit by and let that happen either."
"I'd never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism and discrimination," the statement continued. "I'd never support someone who'd talk about Chicago as if it's hell on earth and then take steps to make life harder here for the most disenfranchised among us."
West, meanwhile, continued to defend his tweets on Friday, saying he refused "to be enslaved by monolithic thought."
I haven't done enough research on conservatives to call myself or be called one. I'm just refusing to be enslaved by monolithic thought.— ye (@ye)1524844865.0