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Deciphering Kanye West’s Most Confusing Political Statements

Kanye West, famous for his rap music and his marriage to reality star Kim Kardashian, has always been opinionated. Lately, he has been facing more controversy than usual as a result of his support for President Trump and his comments on topics like dragons, slavery, and the universe.  

Kanye expressed his support for President Trump for the first time in a tweet last April that read: “you don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. 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.”

While it is unclear who “the mob” is, it can be inferred that it consists of people who dislike Trump. Urban Dictionary defines “dragon energy” as a concept that you must have to understand. Because of this, the majority of the world will never fully comprehend this tweet. In an effort to enlighten others on the meaning of “dragon energy,” Kanye said “Natural born leaders. Very instinctive. Great foresight.”


“Dragon Energy” (SETH WENIG / AP / NGALITSKY / SHUTTERSTOCK / KATIE MARTIN / THE ATLANTIC )

Translation: Kanye is frustrated by others who think that he should not support Trump. He supports Trump because, in his opinion, they share a strength for leadership. However, there are things that Trump has said or done that Kanye does not agree with.

In an interview with TMZ, Kanye said “when you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” The face of Michael Che, weekend update host of Saturday Night Live, says all that needs to be said on the subject.

Michael Che on Weekend Update Saturday Night Live

Kanye West, in his visit to the white house on October 11th, addressed topics like the 13th amendment, prison reform, job creation, and his love for red hats. “ It was something about when I put this hat on that made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman — that’s my favorite superhero — you made a Superman cape. … I think it’s the bravery that helps you beat this game called life.  They tried to scare me into not wearing this hat — my own friends. This hat, it gives me power in a certain way,” Kanye said, on his decision to wear a Make America Great Again hat. He is unclear on the specific people who tried to scare him into not wearing the hat. He most likely was referring to his liberal fans, or “the mob” as he previously mentioned. He may have been referring to his wife as well; Kim Kardashian publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton before the 2016 election. Also, Kanye really loves Superman.

During the visit, Kanye stated that Hoover, who is currently serving 6 life sentences for murder among other crimes, should be freed from prison because “there’s theories that there’s infinite amounts of universe and there’s alternate universe. So it’s very important for me to get Hoover out because, in an alternate universe, I am him.” Essentially, Kanye compares himself to a convicted murderer and provides insight into the theory of alternate universes.

Galaxy image credit to Time/Edited by Hawk Herald 

Kanye, when asked about a future presidential run, responded: “Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we really have is today.” He also informed Trump that he would not consider running until after the 2020 election, presumably because of his support for Trump’s reelection. Although he failed to answer the question, he successfully inspired his fans to live in the moment.

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