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Chance the Rapper Apologizes for Response to Donald Trump and Kanye West Tweets
In the midst of Kanye West’s baffling Twitter enlightenment, Chance the Rapper chimed in to defend his friend, mentor, and fellow Chicago musician from what he thought was some undeserved criticism.
Many people this week were irresponsibly speculating about Kanye West’s mental health after he came out in support of Donald Trump in a series of tweets that involved signed MAGA hats, Candace Owens, the Dilbert guy, and ping-pong.
Chance the Rapper jumped into the chaos on Wednesday to assert that West is physically and mentally fine.
Talked to him two days ago. He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health. Same Ye from the Vmas, same Ye from the telethon. https://t.co/2zY3KpllV2
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
Neither tweet is particularly salacious on its own, but within the context of West’s half-formed Twitter proclamations, they both could be perceived a number of ways.
Naturally, alt-right Twitter quickly pounced at the opportunity to connect Chance’s tweets to Kanye’s new political views and declare the young Chicago rapper a Trump supporter.
And Trump, who gets most of his information from unreliable Twitter trolls, ran with it this morning to wrongly lump Chance into his small list of public black supporters.
Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community – Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades – Legacy Stuff! Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott, they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 27, 2018
Quickly after Trump’s tweet, Chance took the opportunity to promptly clarify his political opinions and confirm that he does not support the president.
In a lengthy note, Chance wrote that “I didn’t speak up because I agree with what Kanye had to say or because I fuck with Trump … I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism and discrimination.”
He went on to point out Trump’s mischaracterization of the city of Chicago, along with the president’s marginalization of black people.
What’s surprising is how quickly the alt-right and Donald Trump attempted to latch on to a famous person of color to use as a political prop. Does Donald Trump know who Chance the Rapper is? Doubtful. It’s also surprising how Chance’s tweets instantly got him dragged into Trump and Kanye’s circle of destruction.
If there’s two things we can take from this it’s 1. never tweet, and 2. you know you’ve fucked up when the president thanks you.
I would be so bummed if this president congratulated me for anything.
— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) April 27, 2018