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Kanye West addresses slavery comments, Trump support in new interview

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  • Rapper Kanye West opened up about his support for
    President Trump and his “slavery sounds like a choice” comments
    in a new interview on a Chicago radio show.
  • West said 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.”
  • On West’s slavery comments, he apologized for the way
    they “made people feel.”
  • “I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that
    moment,” he said.

 

Kanye West is known for speaking his mind, but he’s been
unusually silent about controversies that have landed him in hot
water with critics and supporters alike this year.

During a wide-ranging radio interview on 107.5 WGCI Chicago
on Wednesday (via Pitchfork), the rapper opened
up about his support of President Trump and comments he made in
May on “TMZ Live” in which he said that slavery “sounds like a
choice.”

West has been vocally supportive of Trump
this year. West, who famously said that former President George
W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people,” appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel
Live!”
earlier this month, where Kimmel asked West if Trump
cares about black people or “any people at all.” West took a long
pause and Kimmel cut to commercial before West could answer.

During Wednesday’s interview, West said 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.”

West added, “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 going to work towards,
but we’re going to have to speak to him.”

On “TMZ Live” in May, West said, “When you hear about
slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.
Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all … It’s
like we’re mentally in prison.”

On the slavery comments, West said during Wednesday’s
interview that it’s “not something for me to overly
intellectualize. This is something about the fact that it hurt
people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of
information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was
ramped up. And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people
are — I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental
health.”

He then apologized for the way the comments “made people
feel.”

“I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery
comment made people feel,” he continued. “I’m sorry for the
one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m
sorry for people that felt let down by that moment. And I
appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the
way I was thinking and what I was going through.”

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