What’s going on with Yeezy?
Twitter was on fire Wednesday after Kanye West went on a tweetstorm that included posts about President Trump — earning a reply from Trump himself and a defense from his wife, Kim Kardashian West.
The whole situation came about after the rapper, who has been prolific on the social media platform in recent weeks, posted several tweets on wildly varying subjects Wednesday before declaring praise for the president: “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother.”
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.— ye (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
West, who was seen visiting the then-president-elect at Trump Tower in New York in December 2016, then continued his political musings Wednesday to include Hillary Clinton, and claimed he is “not a democrat or a republican.”
If your friend jumps off the bridge you don't have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don't tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary— ye (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
I love Hillary too.
I love when people have their own ideas. You don't have to be allowed anymore. Just be.— ye (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Love who you want to love. That's free thought. I'm not even political. I'm not a democrat or a republican
A few hours later, Trump retweeted one of West’s posts, thanking the rapper and declaring the post “very cool.”
West then took a picture of Trump’s retweet of his tweet, and then tweeted that. (We can’t make this up.)
After sending out his initial tweet praising Trump, West then followed up with another one less than an hour later saying that his wife, Kardashian West, had called and wanted him to clarify that he doesn’t “agree with everything Trump does.”
my wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don't agree with everything Trump does. I don't agree 100% with anyone but myself.— ye (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Two hours later, Kardashian West decided to make her own opinions known to her nearly 60 million Twitter followers, criticizing “the media” for “trying to demonize my husband.”
To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this... your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
The reality TV star also defended her husband’s tweets about Trump, emphasizing that “this is HIS opinion.”
Now when he spoke out about Trump... Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this. But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions,even if really different from mine— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
He never said he agrees with his politics
Donald Trump Jr. seemed to appreciate Kardashian West’s defense, retweeting her post and adding the famous slogan associated with — wait for it — Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. (Again, we can’t make this up.)
Meanwhile, Kanye also posted several photos of his red Make America Great Again hat, including one that showed the hat was apparently signed by Trump.
It wasn’t just regular Americans reacting to West’s posts. His friend, recording artist T. Mills, apparently sent his reaction to West in a text — which the rapper took a screenshot of before posting to Twitter.
West’s comments on Twitter came amid renewed attention on social media and elsewhere in recent days about the rapper’s feelings about the president.
A radio personality who said he had spoken to West told listeners Monday that West remains fond of Trump, relaying that West told him, ‘‘I do love Donald Trump.’’
Asked about West at Wednesday’s daily briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that she wasn’t aware of any conversations between West and the president since their Trump Tower meeting.
‘‘I don’t know of any conservation they’ve had over the past week or so,’’ she said.
West has also raised eyebrows in recent days for praising Candace Owens, an African-American pro-Trump activist who has almost 200,000 subscribers on YouTube.
‘‘I love the way Candace Owens thinks,’’ West said in a Saturday tweet.
Wire material from The Washington Post was used in this report.