Rapper Kanye West shared his insights on being a black Trump-supporter in liberal Hollywood during a Thursday night appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
He said that although it had taken nearly a year for him to gain the confidence to publicly express his support for Trump, he would no longer be “bullied” by those on the left.
“As a musician, African-American, guy out in Hollywood, all these different things,” West said, “everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me — and then told me every time I said I liked Trump, that I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over. [That] I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks — we’re supposed to have a monolithic thought … we can only be Democrats and all.”
“I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash,” West continued. “It took me a year and a half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the [MAGA] hat no matter what the consequences were. And what it represented to me is not about policies, because I’m not a politician like that. But it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said, in saying, you can’t bully me.”
“Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me,” he said, “because at that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye.”
On the “Glenn Beck Radio Show” Friday, Glenn weighed in on Kanye West’s bold statement: “That is the most powerful statement on so many levels. Here’s what the left doesn’t understand: They are currently putting people through college and they are indoctrinating. And if you disagree, you’re shouted down.”
He went on to explain that in the long run, shouting people down pushes them away from the liberal mindset and toward people like popular and controversial speaker, writer, and professor Jordan Peterson.
“Why? Because they’ve never heard this kind of thought before,” he said. “They’ve never heard two people get together and discuss these things without screaming at each other and saying, ‘You’re a racist; you’re a hater; I gotta shut you down, you’re the enemy.'”
“His message of ‘I just wanna be me’ is going to connect, and is uniquely American,” Glenn said.
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