The reasons Kanye West praised President Trump are rooted in admiration for his public persona and his way of talking in a direct way that is revolutionary for politics, writes Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic. In doing so, West ignores the systemic issues, such as police brutality, that Trump is making worse. The rapper has voiced his frustration in the past at the way law enforcement treat black people. By applauding Trump, he looks past the president’s political downsides, which have real-world consequences. West likes Trump’s ‘say it as it is’ style. But praising him outright also validates the president’s policies, some of which are highly damaging.
Going against the left-wing narrative by praising President Trump is a strong gesture from Kanye West that exposes the group-think that goes on in certain circles, suggests William Sullivan of American Thinker. West, like conservative commentator Candace Owens, who is also black, has the right to express his support for the president. The mountain of criticism heaped upon him for this isn’t warranted and suppresses freedom of thought. West’s admiration focuses on Trump’s direct and unapologetic style of talking. He and Owens don’t deserve criticism for expressing such opinions. The left-wing backlash has gone too far. West was right to say what he said.