Kanye West on Wednesday took a swipe at former President Obama, a fellow Chicagoan, for failing to address the city’s problems during his presidency.
“Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed,” West tweeted.
Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Chicago is often cited as one of the most violent cities in the country. President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE has called it a “war zone.”
A Chicago Tribune report published in January found that the total number of homicides in the city from 2009-2016 generally decreased year-by-year during Obama’s first term, but spiked toward the end of his second term.
Wednesday’s tweet is not the first dust-up between West and Obama. In 2009, Obama was caught on a hot mic calling the rapper a “jackass” for interrupting Taylor Swift at that year’s MTV Video Music Awards.
In 2012, Obama doubled down on his comments, telling The Atlantic that West "is a jackass," but he’s "smart" and "very talented.”
West caught the attention of the current president on Wednesday when he defended Trump, saying "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.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Trump thanked West in a tweet of his own.
Thank you Kanye, very cool! https://t.co/vRIC87M21X— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2018
Trump and West met during the Trump administration's transition, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday the two had not spoken recently.