“I’m not mad at Kanye. That’s my brother — I love him, I support him.”
Kanye West was widely ridiculed for his Thursday lunch meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. The mainstream media pilloried the artist and businessman as mentally ill, uneducated, and a traitor to his race for not toeing the Democrat line while black.
Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle, though, defended his friend in the wake of the meeting, appearing with host Van Jones on CNN.
Chappelle, who called Kanye a “genius,” said he doesn’t have to agree with everything the star says to support him and applauded him for his consistency and pure intentions.
After jokingly pretending to walk off the set when Jones mentions Kanye’s name, Chappelle says, “First of all, you know, Kanye’s an artist, man. He’s a genius. … I think that the angle he’s seeing things from, is about the divisions he sees. And he’s not inconsistent with what he says.”
Chappelle noted that Kanye used Confederate flag symbolism for t-shirt merch in 2013 and connected it to Kanye making the MAGA hat his own.
“You know the confederate flag represented slavery in a way — that’s my abstract take on what I know about it,” Kanye explained at the time. “So I made the song ‘New Slaves.’ So I took the Confederate flag and made it my flag. It’s my flag now. Now what are you going to do?”
“I’m not mad at Kanye. That’s my brother — I love him, I support him,” the comedian continued. “But, you know, I don’t have to agree with everything that he says. I just trust him as a person of intent.”
Kanye expressed his support and love for the president during their reporter-packed Thursday lunch meeting. And nothing was off limits; the fashion designer touched on the Second Amendment, stop-and-frisk, liberals’ monolithic thought, racism as a mechanism of control, Chicago’s economy, a lack of male role models, and welfare.
“Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” said Kanye. “He might not have thought he’d have a crazy mother-f***er like Kanye West run up and support, but best believe — we are going to make America great.”
“We have to release the love throughout the entire country and give opportunities,” he added.