After the rich history of black political activism, Kanye West’s support for Donald Trump is deeply misplaced, holds Bakari Sellers of The Hill. It is hypocritical for West, who said that George W. Bush didn’t care about black people, to stand by a president with such intolerant views. Trump was taken to court by the Justice Department for discriminating against black people in the 70s. He called white nationalists at the Charlottesville protests “very fine people,” and he spread the “birther” story that claimed that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. West should be more aware of the racist themes in Trump’s statements and actions.
Kanye West was justified to express his admiration for Donald Trump, even in the face of strong left-wing disapproval, believes Laura Ingraham of Fox News. This backlash demonstrates the extent of Democratic group-think that doesn’t tolerate people of color who identify with Republicans. The criticism lobbed at him for his White House visit is strongly hypocritical, given the silence on Jay Z and Beyoncé’s many visits to the Obamas. The entertainment and media industries are showing their left-wing bias. As West chose to support Trump, it should be his right to identify with right-wing ideas. Being black isn’t synonymous with being a Democrat.