Kanye West: ‘I buy real estate. It’s better now than when Obama was in office’
Kanye West says President Trump has improved his bottom line and that it’s “better now than when [President] Obama was in office.”
The rapper and fashion designer talked about politics and his well-documented support for Trump in an interview with GQ magazine published Wednesday.
Asked how he reconciles wearing a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hat — which he sported during a 2018 Oval Office meeting with the president — with being considered a “perpetual forward thinker,” West replied, “I buy real estate. It’s better now than when Obama was in office. They don’t teach you in school about buying property. They teach you how to become somebody’s property.”
The 42-year-old entertainer, who’s married to reality TV star and prison reform advocate Kim Kardashian West, said he’s “definitely voting this time” in the presidential election in November.
“And we know who I’m voting on,” West said. “And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I’m still here!”
Citing his 2019 album making it to the top of the music charts, West appeared to reference Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 White House bid and the Democratic presidential nominee’s “I’m With Her” campaign slogan: “I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with her. What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?”
When asked how his faith plays into politics, West, who has held a series of gospel-infused, high-profile Sunday services, said, “Both my parents were freedom fighters, and they used to drink from fountains they were told they couldn’t drink from, and they used to sit in restaurants where they were told they couldn’t eat from.”
“They didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on,” West said with a laugh.
West has defended himself against critics of his pro-Trump stance, saying last year that “liberals bully people who are Trump supporters.”
“For the greatest artist in human existence to put a red hat on was God’s practical joke on all liberals like, ‘Nooooo not Kanye,’ ” West said in October.
The performer has also publicly flirted with his own presidential run, saying, “There will be a time when I will be the president of the U.S.”