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“I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism and discrimination,” the rapper says in response to Trump’s tweet.
The fallout over Kanye West’s support of President Trump continued on Friday morning, with both Chance the Rapper and John Legend taking to Twitter to distance themselves even further from POTUS and his fans.
Chance’s new stream of tweets came after Trump mentioned him in a message of his own earlier today. "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," Trump tweeted. "Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott, they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history)."
First, Chance retweeted that message, adding, "Nah that aint it yo." He then posted a series of iPhone notes with a lengthy explanation of his earlier support for Kanye West, when he tweeted "Black people don’t have to be democrats" on Wednesday.
"Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about my city and my loved one," the Chicago native wrote. "Kanye West is not just a mentor or a big homie to me. He’s my family. No matter how much I may disagree with him, it’s hard for me to watch people talk about someone I love — even if they were justified in doing so. I didn’t speak up because I agree with what Kanye had to say or cause I f-ck with Trump, I did it because I wanted to help my friend and cause I felt like I was being used to attack him. Unfortunately, my attempt to support Kanye is being used to discredit my brothers and sister in the movement and I can’t sit by and let that happen either."
Referring to Trump directly, he added, "I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism and discrimination. I’d never support someone who’d talk about Chicago if it’s hell on earth and then take steps to make it harder her for the most disenfranchised among us."
He went on to say that his apology will be reflected in his "future works" and said he should have called Kanye directly to talk about the his tweets.
"We have to talk honestly about what is happening and has been happening in this country and we have to challenge those who are responsible, as well as those who are giving them a pass," Chance added. "If that happens to include someone I love, someone who is my brother-in-Christ and someone who I believe does really want to do what is right, it’s not my job to defend or protect him. It’s my job [to] pick up the phone and talk to him about it."
Legend has also found himself being inundated with tweets from Trump’s fans after West exposed their private text messages on Thursday. The "All of Me" singer had messaged West about his pro-Trump comments, urging him to reconsider his support, but Kanye wasn’t having it. Instead, he posted the texts online and said Legend was trying to "peer pressure manipulate" him.
When he realized the conversation had been shared, Legend jokingly texted him, "let me add that I have a new single out haha."
After his earlier tweets this week criticizing the president and Kanye leaking their convo, Legend’s mentions were blown up with MAGA support, so he sent a message directly to Trump’s fans on Friday.
Both Legend and Kanye’s wives, Chrissy Teigen and Kim Kardashian, jokingly tweeted back and forth about their husbands’ interactions as well.
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