Kanye West has love for a lot things and people and apparently, President Donald Trump nabbed a spot on his list. “You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him,” West tweeted on April 25.
“I do love Donald Trump,” he also allegedly said to Hot 97 radio personality Ebro Darden, who spoke with 'Ye over the weekend after the rapper tweeted his support for conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Ye's comments were met with anger and caused a divide among Kanye devotees but West's never been one to mince words and his “love” for Donald Trump is nothing new. In 2016, West shocked fans during his Saint Pablo tour stop in Sacramento when he dived into a rant voicing his support for Trump, which then led to a meeting with Trump weeks later at the Trump Tower.
'Ye relationship with Trump isn't one-sided, though. Trump has also named-checked West a few times, which started f a bit rocky after the former reality star called for a boycott against West after the 2009 MTV VMAs incident with Taylor Swift. However, in the year since the pair has seemingly shared a mutual admiration for each other's work, despite the opinions others.
Here, Billboard takes a look at Kanye West and Donald Trump's relationship through the years.
Donald Trump Gives His Two Cents on the Kanye West/Taylor Swift MTV VMA Debacle – 2009
West was the subject controversy in 2009 when he stormed on stage while Taylor Swift was delivering her speech after winning best female video over Beyonce, and grabbed the mic to let the world know Swift was undeserving the award and it should've gone to Bey instead. The moment quickly changed the course West's career as he received a wave backlash, ultimately making him one the industry's “bad guys.” According to TMZ at the time, Donald Trump felt like the rapper's behavior was “disgusting” and urged people to boycott West to ensure “this kind thing doesn't happen again.”
Trump Sent Kimye Well-Wishes For Their Big Wedding Day – 2014
Trump may not have been invited to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding ceremony in 2014, but he did wish the then-newlyweds a happy marriage and said he considers himself to be friends with the couple. “I certainly wish them the best luck,” he told Extra host Mario Lopez. “I know them well and they're both very nice people.”
Kanye Announces 2020 Presidential Bid at MTV VMAs, Donald Trump Responds – 2015
In a surprising turn events, Taylor Swift presented West with the MTV Video Vanguard Award. His speech touched on everything from the night he interrupted Swift's speech to creativity and politics.
“If my grandfather was here right now he would not let me back down! I don't know what I'm finna lose after this. It don't matter, though, it's not about me. It's about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth,” West told the crowd. “And yes, as you probably could've guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
West's announcement shocked the audience and viewers around the world, except Trump, who told Rolling Stone he hopes to have West as a running mate in a presidential election. “He's said very nice things about me in the past…extremely positive things,” Trump told the magazine, adding that he saw West's presidential bid announcement and felt he inspired by it. “He's actually a different kind person than people think. He's a nice guy,” Trump continued. “I hope to run against him someday.”
West Pays Homage to Trump in “Famous” Video – 2016
Kanye West caused quite a stir when he released the provocative music video for his Life Pablo cut “Famous,” which features wax figures celebrities like Swift, Chris Brown, Kim Kardashian, Bill Cosby, Rihanna, and Trump. It’s not in support or anti any the people in the video],” West told Vanity Fair. “It’s a comment on fame.”
The Saint Pablo Tour San Jose Rant – 2016
When Saint Pablo concertgoers flocked to San Jose to enjoy a night West's extensive music catalog, they certainly left with an unforgettable experience. West's San Jose speech clocked in at nearly 25 minutes as the rapper discussed his political views and publicly endorsed Donald Trump. “Voting for Trump] don't mean that I don't think that black lives matter; that don't mean I don’t believe in women's rights; that don't mean that I don't believe in gay marriage, that don't mean I don't believe in these things because that was the guy I would've voted for,” he said to the crowd. Elsewhere in his speech, West said that “If I would've voted, I would've voted for Trump,” which caused both “boo's” and praise to commence.
Kanye just said if he had voted (which he didn't) he would've voted Trump. pic.twitter.com/g2HyFz6KPD
— Justin Yang (@justin_yang) November 18, 2016
Kanye Visits Trump at the Trump Towers in NYC – 2016
Shortly after his San Jose Saint Pablo tour stop, West was admitted to the hospital for stress and exhaustion. Days after being hospitalized, the rapper was released and paid a visit to Donald Trump at the Trump Towers, which didn't sit well with Ye's peers or fans. “I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues,” West began his now-deleted Twitter rant. “I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues,” he continued. West also said he feels it's “important to have a direct line communication with our future President if we truly want change.”
Kanye Presses His “Love” For Trump to Ebro Darden – 2018
West suddenly reactivated his Twitter earlier in April 2018 and tweeted about a myriad topics, all leading up to his major album announcement. This June, West will be releasing a solo album and a joint project with Kid Cudi called Kids See Ghosts. However, the subsequent tweets left fans confused and angered as West began to voice his support for Trump-supporters like Candace Owens and Scott Adams. Ebro Darden, Hot 97 host, spoke with West about his comments, but his support for Trump didn't waver and he reportedly replied: “I do love Donald Trump.”
West has since returned to Twitter but he hasn't addressed Darden's claims — well, not yet. According to G.O.O.D Music affiliate Malik Yusef, West is expected to discuss his Trump comments this Friday. Yusef didn't say how or when West will address the situation but chances are he'll share his thoughts on Twitter.