If you live under a rock and still don’t know why the Twitterverse had a collective meltdown yesterday in response to Kanye’s tweets, well, you’re probably much healthier than the rest of us, who aged approximately 15 years during the entire ordeal. Kanye West tweeted out support for Trump’s “dragon energy” yesterday, following up with a photo of a signed Make American Great Again hat and another pic of him wearing the hat.
There were lots of reactions—shout out John Legend for one of the most articulate responses—including a few from Trump himself, wherein he thanked Kanye and retweeted a photo simply adding: “MAGA!” This morning, Trump hopped on the phone for what Vulture calls a “long, rambling” interview with his favorite show, Fox & Friends, where he again praised Kanye for the support.
“He’s got good taste,” Trump said. “Kanye looks and he sees black unemployment at the lowest it’s been in the history of our country.” (Fact check: that not only is a reductive view of black economic success in the country but also fails to take into account other aspects of the black experience, which have been getting demonstrably worse as a direct result of Trump's openly racist rhetoric.)
“He’s smart. He says, ‘You know what, Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did,’” Trump added.
Kanye isn’t the only celebrity to recently endorse the man who claimed Neo-Nazis were “very fine people.” This weekend, Shania Twain told The Guardian that if she could’ve, she would’ve voted for Trump. (She’s Canadian.) Days later, she walked back her comments and claimed to “not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President.” Trump brought this up, too, because he’s an overgrown toddler who loves attention.
“Shania, who I think is terrific, made a mistake by saying, ‘I wish I didn’t go public with [supporting Trump],’” Trump said. “We know how she feels.”
Trump then made a weirdly vague threat about those who pledge support for him and then back away from him, just like a cool dictator would do.
“People have done that, and they’re amazed by what happens to their business,” he said. “We have tremendous support. We have tremendous fans.”