Kanye West’s support of Donald Trump is doing wonders for the president's already grotesquely inflated ego. During a speech at the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Texas on Friday (I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried), Trump chalked up his apparent 11 percent rise in popularity among African-American men to Kanye’s support, Billboard reports.
"Kanye West must have some power because I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11 [percent] to 22 in one week," Trump said. "Thank you, Kanye, thank you. Even the pollsters thought there must be some mistake."
Trump is referring to a poll published by Reuters on Sunday that shows Trump's approval rating among black men to be at 22 percent, with a marked spike between April 15 and 29. The poll also notes that 71 percent of African-American men disapprove of the way Trump is handling his job as president, while 7.1 percent have mixed feelings on the subject. It’s important to note that the poll’s results are quite suspect given the small sample size of 171 respondents.
Kanye first signaled his support for the president on April 25, and has since posted photos of himself wearing Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hats.
Trump did not mention whether he agrees with some of the other things that Kanye has been saying, notably that slavery sounds like “a choice.”
This is not the first time Trump has thanked Kanye. In a pretty lame tweet on April 25, Trump told Kanye “thank you.” The next day, Trump went on Fox & Friends to praise Kanye for his “good taste” and for recognizing that “black unemployment at the lowest it’s been in the history of our country.”* Within a few hours, Trump’s campaign was already parlaying Kanye’s unfailing support for the president into a fundraising tool to help sell more MAGA hats.