Shortly after Ye reiterated his support for POTUS on Wednesday, Legend called attention to the bigotry and hate that essentially helped Trump secure the presidency. Though the singer didn’t mention Kanye by name, he did refer to “brilliant artists” who were too busy imagining a better future that they failed to acknowledge the current reality.
“Far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist,” Legend wrote. “They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear.”
But make no mistake: Legend isn’t criticizing hope or idealism; in fact, he suggests that in order to truly achieve peace and equality, it’s important to recognize unfortunate truths, such as Trump’s favorability among white supremacists.
“The defining trait of Trump's campaign and political profile was his embrace of white supremacy,” Legend tweeted. “He made it clear every time he spoke.”
Legend has shown support for Kanye throughout the years, even after the rapper’s 2016 meeting with POTUS at NYC’s Trump Tower. Though father of one initially dismissed the meeting as a “publicity stunt,” Legend later told Complex he would always be there for Ye despite any disagreements:
“I think if you were to ask him now, he might not feel the same way he felt last year about Trump. But either way, Kanye and I are old friends, and we aren’t going to stop being friends because we don’t agree on this particular issue. You would have to ask him how he feels about Trump now.”