Rap star Kanye West gave President Donald Trump more praise Wednesday, telling an audience of a Chicago radio station he supports the president and Trump "cares about the way black people feel about him."
During an interview on 107.5 WGCI, West was asked about his support for Trump — which has ruffled feathers in the black community and in Hollywood. West met with Trump after he won the presidency in 2016 and has tweeted and talked about him on numerous occasions.
"I got love for everybody – the hat was a statement of bravery and to not be in control and programmed that as a people we have to have a monolithic thought," West said, alluding to a recent photo of him wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.
"I know black people that voted for Trump that were scared to say that they did out loud. That's some 1984 thought control, mind control programming [expletive]. I've never voted in my life, in all honesty. And because my voice is so strong, I never even told people my opinion or my stance until after he won. I didn't want to influence it, but I have the right as an American to have my own opinion."
West went on to say he is for the human race, not just for the African-American race.
"I support everyone," he said. "I support Bernie Sanders. I support Hillary. I support Obama. I cried when he won and at the inauguration."
"I feel that [Trump] cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this. He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he's got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can't be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community.
"So, it's something he's gonna work toward, but we're gonna have to speak to him."
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