Kanye West, I do not need this right now. Listening to The Life of Pablo post-election got me through the work day. Now when I turn it on, I’m going to know that you didn’t vote, and if you had, you would have voted for Donald F-ing Trump. At Kanye’s concert in San Jose on Thursday, he stopped the show to talk politics. Usually, he stops the show to gossip about Jay Z which is much more fun. In his 10 minute ramble, he says that he liked Donald Trump’s tactics and complains that black people focus on racism too much. Okay!
“Specifically to black people, stop focusing on racism. This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s just a fucking fact. We are in a racist country, period. Do not allow people to make us talk about that so fucking long. Let’s talk about whatever the fuck you wanna talk about. Let’s stop talking about that, bro. It’s racist, OK? ... And not one or the other candidate was gonna instantly be able to change that because of their views. Bottom fucking line.”
Like the creative madman he is, Kanye isn’t entirely wrong, especially when he says no candidate could erase racism overnight, but considering that Trump is already stacking his cabinet with white nationalists, this candidate will sure as hell make it worse.
Overall, Kanye seems enthralled with Donald Trump for the same reason that many were. He liked how Donald Trump spoke. He says, “There’s nonpolitical methods to speaking that I like, that I feel were very futuristic. And that style, and that method of communication, has proven that it can beat a politically correct way of communication. And I f*ck with that.”
He added, “I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius. Because it f*cking worked!”
I don’t know, does something working justify it? Do the ends justify the means? In this case, the ends is Trump becoming our next president, a man whose rhetoric has led to a spike in hate crimes across America, who has promised to round up and deport Muslims, who has assaulted women, who will likely destroy the environment, and who has a Vice President that believes in electro-shock therapy as a form of gay conversion.
At least Kanye acknowledges that Donald Trump being president is bad to some degree, saying, “Sometimes things that you might think are bad need to happen, in order for change to f*cking happen. Sometimes you might have to not get your way to really understand what to do in the future, to be able to get your way.”
Sounds like Kanye definitely has his sights set on 2020 and he’s taking notes from our president-elect. Ugh.