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Kanye West is no stranger to crossing the line of controversy and then drawing a new one in the sand, just to cross it again. However, his latest spree of rampant tweeting is proving to be a difficult one for fans and frequent collaborators alike to stand behind.
Earlier Wednesday (April 25) 'Ye took to Twitter, which he recently revived earlier this month and declared would be home to his "living philosophy book," posting a variety of tweets that, once again, defend his support of President Donald Trump, even going as far as to post a selfie alongside music executives Lyor Cohen and Lucian Grainge wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. He soon followed up the post with another, revealing that his "MAGA hat is signed."
The conversation only has grown from there, with West trending well into the evening hours. Earlier in the day, he appeared to have almost 28 million followers, a number that has since visibly decreased to 18 million. However, a Twitter spokesperson shared in a statement that the self-described "free thinker" remains at around 27 million followers and the inconsistency "should be resolved soon."
In the meantime, a handful of celebrities and thousands of fans have weighed in on West's latest series of tweets, including the president, his wife Kim Kardashian and fellow collaborators, Chance the Rapper and John Legend. West also began sharing screenshots of various texts he's received since firing off his latest tweets, further adding fuel to the fire.
While his wife and Chance came to the defense of West for being entitled to his own opinions, others do not share such a perspective, leaving many fans conflicted as to if his unwavering support of Donald Trump marks the end of the era of defending and cheering on one of the most creative and talented rappers of our time.
To recap, here are the controversial tweets in question:
my wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don't agree with everything Trump does. I don't agree 100% with anyone but myself.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
my MAGA hat is signed 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/DrDHJybS8V— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
we got love pic.twitter.com/Edk0WGscp6— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
caption this photo pic.twitter.com/XjesMH9LMd— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
2 of my favorite people— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
Thank you Kanye, very cool! https://t.co/vRIC87M21X— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2018
MAGA! https://t.co/jFf5ONASlv— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2018
To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this... your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
Yesterday it was announced that Kanye had parted ways with some business people and media outlets made this about Kanye’s mental health. Rather than just a simple business decision. So I’m glad he tweeted about the state of his company and all of the exciting things happening— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America? Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair. He’s actually out of the sunken place when he’s being himself which is very expressive— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion and we know that and that’s why I love him and respect him and in a few years when someone else says the same exact thing but they aren’t labeled the way he is and you will all praise them! Kanye is years ahead of his time— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
Mental Health is no joke and the media needs to stop spitting that out so casually. Bottom line— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
I imagine there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences. However...— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
Far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbor because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin color evoked fear— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
They see the statistics about black applications for real estate or loans or employment being turned away because their name was Jamal and not James— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
I love that great, brilliant artists have the power to imagine a better future. But artists can't be blind to the truth.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 25, 2018
Chance the Rapper:
Talked to him two days ago. He’s in a great space and not affected by folk tryna question his mental or physical health. Same Ye from the Vmas, same Ye from the telethon. https://t.co/2zY3KpllV2— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
Black people don’t have to be democrats.— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
Next President gon be independent— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) April 25, 2018
And, of course, see what some of his fans are saying:
Kanye just name dropping people, tweeting screenshots of his texts, and giving bad advice like every else on twitter— DESUS & MERO (@desusandmero) April 25, 2018
Think Kanye understands how many people he alienates with his support of Trump?— Georgette Cline (@GeorgetteC) April 26, 2018
Make Kanye Black Again. https://t.co/wvKxbL2bjJ— Smi (@smino) April 25, 2018
False Idols— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) April 25, 2018
"These are our heroes" - @nas— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 25, 2018
Kanye and Chance the Rapper’s new fans arriving to their concert.— Votebase (@Votebase) April 26, 2018
Heard it’s gonna be lit. pic.twitter.com/M2fAsz6uCc
You all are so gullable. Kanye does crazy shit every time he’s about to release music to get you talking , then disappears again. Cycle continues— Vinny Guadagnino (@VINNYGUADAGNINO) April 26, 2018
Is this the guy Kanye West claims has Dragon energy?🐲🐲 pic.twitter.com/lRox2LxVbz— Rogelio Garcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) April 26, 2018
So, they’re streaming music in The Sunken Place?? That’s got Be where the audience @kanyewest is courting is gonna buy that new release!#shallwesavehim#hedon’twannabesaved— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) April 26, 2018
Kanye in 2 years pic.twitter.com/5mZWdgmXUt— d. Watkins (@dwatkinsworld) April 26, 2018
If someone asked me today like what happened in your day today Colin? I would normally reply with all the things I did and how great or not great it was but I just read all of Kanye’s tweets since last night and now I think I’d reply, “Kanye happened”— Colin Ford (@colinfordactor) April 26, 2018
Kanye West and Chance the Rapper supporting a man who called black NFL players sons of bitches, called African countries "shitholes," referred to a black man as "My African American," & pushed the birther theory against Obama is sad. Trump is just looking at them like tokens.— Carlos (@bIazingxmexican) April 26, 2018
What you’re witnessing is a public crucifixion of @kanyewest for having an opinion that differed from your group collective ideal...a box that you wanted him to be in and as any great individual does, is claims his right to his own mind and identify within societies— Jared Odrick (@JaredOdrick) April 26, 2018
Trump tweeted twice about Kanye West today.— Manvinder Singh (@Beardactivist) April 25, 2018
He never tweeted about James Shaw Jr., the hero of the Waffle House shooting.
He never tweeted about racial profiling of innocent black men at Starbucks.
That should tell you everything you need to know about this President.
Kanye supporting Trump, Trump supporting Kanye, Chance supporting Kanye supporting Trump...— 𝕓𝕣𝕠𝕜𝕖𝕝𝕪𝕟𝕚𝕥𝕖 (@nuffsaidNY) April 26, 2018
Bro, Lord T’Challa didn’t almost die for this.
Donald Trump’s day so far:— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 25, 2018
- Cohen pleads Fifth Amendment
- Makes Trump look terrible
- Explains Trump’s Kanye distraction
- Giuliani plotting against Trump
- These goons are eating each other
- Trump circling the drain
- Maybe Kanye can be his lawyer
- It’s still only 7:45pm
Donald Trump used Kanye West today as a distraction from the news about his attorney pleading the Fifth. Kanye went along with it, and lost a bunch of fans. Trump just looks desperate. These guys are two dicks with no balls.— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) April 26, 2018
sometimes i wonder if trump paid off kanye's debt— jake (@HUNTYCHAN) April 26, 2018
no. nope. no kanye jokes. this what happened last time and we all made trump president on accident. kim kardashian really making a run for first lady we can not let this happen.— LIL PHAG (@elijahdaniel) April 26, 2018
Kanye doesn’t care about Trump...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 26, 2018
Kanye doesn’t care about Obama...
Kanye doesn’t care about anyone...
But one person...
Kanye cares about Kanye...
And by making ridiculous comments...
Kanye is the number one trend...
Which makes Kanye love Kanye more.