Kanye West recently got political on Twitter, surprising a lot of people by standing by President Donald Trump.

West tweeted to his 28 million followers, “You don’t have to agree with trump [sic] 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.”

The statement led to swift backlash, particularly in the African-American community where Trump is viewed by many as not advocating for minorities.

The 40-year-old rapper has also been seen around town wearing a bright red “Make America Great Again” cap, which Trump and his supporters sported throughout the 2016 presidential campaign.

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On Thursday, West got back on Twitter, sharing a string of text messages between himself and John Legend. Legend had obviously been watching what his friend was doing, offering him some advice.

Legend, 39, texted, “Hey it’s JL. I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump. You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion.”

He continued, “So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color. Don’t let this be part of your legacy. You’re the greatest artist of our generation.”

West replied, “I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts. You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.”

West explained why he shared the private text exchange, offering, “I tweeted the John text to show that there are people around me that disagree with me and voice their opinion. I respect everyone’s opinion but I stand my ground.”

He added, “if you feel something don’t let peer pressure manipulate you.”

The Trump saga follows a string of eyebrow raising behavior from West of late, from the “Famous” rapper getting rid of his manager, declaring that he “can’t be managed,” to calling into Hot 97’s Ebro and telling him repeatedly that he loved him in an awkward exchange.

West’s antics come ahead of the release of a solo LP, new music with Kid Cudi, Nas, Teyanah Taylor and Pusha T, and a philosophy book. One wonders if the Grammy winner is drumming up publicity for himself as a marketing strategy or if his issues run deeper. West was hospitalized in 2016 following a breakdown.


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