Why Kanye West is voting for Donald Trump?
Most of Hollywood’s celebrities are supporting the Democrats. DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Mark Hamill, Rita Wilson, and many others are supporting Biden. Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, and Cole Sprouse supported Bernie Sanders. Despite Hollywood being overwhelmingly Democrat, Kanye West is still going to vote for Trump in 2020. He recently talked about his experience as a ‘black Republican’.
Why Kanye West is supporting Trump:
Kanye West has often voiced his support for Donald Trump. Moreover, he met with the President in 2018 while wearing a Make America Great Again hat. During his GQ interview, he said that white people are not going to tell him which white person to vote for. He went on to reaffirm that his parents fought against racism in their lifetimes for him to have the freedom of choice. Responding to how some people said endorsing Trump would be a career-suicide, Kanye said:
I will not be told who I’m gonna vote on because of my color.
I’m definitely voting this time. And we know who I’m voting on.
I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with [Hillary Clinton] What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody makes their own opinion! You know?
How media influences African-Americans:
Kanye West has said in the Wall Street Journal that people automatically assume if you’re black, you’re a Democrat. He talks about how media forces celebrities to become the ‘face of diversity’:
Black people are controlled by emotions through the media. The media puts musicians, artists, celebrities, actors in a position to be the face of the race.
Kanye went on to say that its useless to be a billionaire if you cannot brag about it. He also said that “he buys real estate” and it is better under Trump than Obama.
“George Bush doesn’t care about black people” is a victim statement. This white person didn’t do something for us. That is stemmed in victim mentality. Every day I have to look in the mirror like I’m Robert De Niro and tell myself, “You are not a slave.” As outspoken as I am, and the position that I am in, I need to tell myself.