During an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Thursday, July 9, President Donald Trump shrugged off rapper Kanye West’s comments that he no longer supports the president.
West announced his presidential run on Twitter on Independence Day and said earlier this week that he is “taking the red hat off,” referring to the “Make America Great Again” hat that he said once made him feel like “Superman.”
“I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special,” West told Forbes magazine.
“I was threatened as a black man into the Democratic Party,” West said. “And that’s what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people. Threatening them to the point where this white man can tell a black man if you don’t vote for me, you’re not black.”
However, President Trump maintained that West and his wife, TV star Kim Kardashian, will support him in the November election.
“He is always going to be for us, and his wife is going to be for us,” President Trump told Hannity. “[He’s a] very good guy. He is a person that I get along with very well. At the end I think he would support us over anyone else, we have to stop the radical left from taking over our country.”
West made headlines after expressing his supports for President Trump and visiting him during both the 2016 transition period and before the 2018 midterm elections. His wife also visited the White House multiple times to voice her support for criminal justice reform.
President Trump had reacted to the news that West will run in the 2020 election, calling it a “great trial run” for 2024. But the president noted that a potential West run would “be limited to certain states because in some states the deadline has been missed.”
The Forbes magazine pointed out that West has about 30 days to register before missing the filing dates in many states. West told the magazine that he has not officially registered as a candidate but he believed he should be allowed extra time due to the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic.