What is going on with Kanye and Trump?

By Adriana Maltez, Staff Writer

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Everyone who is up to date with social media gossip knows that Kanye West has been on a very controversial path. His actions and thoughts are very different from most people, bringing mixed feelings about what he’s been doing.

According to an article published by BBC News, “In April, West…released ‘Ye vs The People’, a track which expressed support for the U.S. president.” We all know the negative controversy that comes with the support of Donald Trump, so when Kanye tweeted out, “You don’t have to agree with Trump, but the mob can’t make me not love him,” there was sure a lot of negativity to go his way.


Why is there so much controversy?

Just like any Trump supporter, Kanye sure does freely express himself without taking other people’s feelings into consideration. Kanye tweeted, “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”


People’s opinion on Trump

Over all, people seem to have more of an emotional than professional opinion about Trump, which goes to affect the way his supporters are perceived. The Washington Post showed the rates and percentages of how much people approve and disapprove of Trump: “Democrats mostly hate Trump, and Republicans mostly love him, with independents tending to view him fairly skeptically…That same poll showed something interesting: People like Trump a bit less than they approve of what he’s doing. In other words, even people who think he’s doing a good job don’t all like him.”


People’s opinion on Kanye

Kanye West was once a glorified celebrity, but has now become the laughingstock of America. He has also angered and hurt many Americans with his ignorant comments as stated in the article on CNN: “In one of the many awkward moments from Kanye’s ten-minute monologue in the Oval Office, the ‘Gold Digger’ rapper defended his ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. He claimed the red accessory gives him ‘power’ and people tried to ‘scare’ him into not wearing the hat. Hate certainly has power, which is a concept West apparently doesn’t understand in his quest to feel like Superman.”

In the meeting, he went on to speak on the topic of mental health which left me very on edge, since he is not an expert and neither has he studied in that field to be speaking on that topic as if he is an expert. According to CNN’s website post, “…Kanye West is no victim. Moreover, it is wildly offensive to conflate having mental health issues and displaying erratic behavior with being a willfully ignorant man-child, which is what Kanye West has become.”


How people’s opinion on Trump and Kanye affect the outlook on the conversation

When you take two people who already have problematic images and you combine them, you get an even bigger problem. Their speech in the Oval Office was over all childish and a waste of time. But I’m not the only one who thinks so. According to a news article from CNN, “The meeting between Trump and Kanye was high-octane foolishness and one of many debasing moments in Trump’s circus-like White House. As people are fighting for their lives while enduring Hurricane Michael, which should have been the focus that week, we instead have two fame-obsessed, thin-skinned celebrities gushing over each other.”


The topics spoken of in the conversation

Over all, the conversation went through smoothly; amongst the ignorant comments and controversial phrases were some serious issues that were spoken about, one of them being unfair sentences and the issue of mental health amongst prisoners and how it is ignored.  According to The Washington Post, “The meandering soliloquy roller-coastered from the personal to the political. West called the president’s work on criminal-justice reform (an issue championed by his wife, Kim Kardashian West, during her own visits with Trump) “bravery.”

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