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Trump has lost Kanye: Yeezy has scrubbed his tweets that supported the president

Kanye West no longer appears to want that "direct line of communication" with President Trump


Rachel Leah
February 8, 2017 3:49AM (UTC)

It seems Kanye West is done defending Donald Trump and has deleted his tweets that addressed their meeting in December.

The original tweets came after the two met in Trump Tower and was an attempt to explain West's motivation for discussing "multicultural issues" with the then president-elect.

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"These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago," West tweeted on Dec. 13. "I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change."

But West's account has been wiped clean of such tweets, possibly because West has been "super unhappy" with several of Trump's executive orders, including the ban on travel from seven majority Muslim countries.

West became entrenched in attacks from the hip-hop community in November after he declared, during one of his infamous rants at a concert in San Jose, California, that if he had voted it would have been for Donald Trump.

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Fans felt betrayed by the artist who once boldly stared into a television camera and said, "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during the 2005 NBC telethon to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. This blatant declaration was a defining moment for hip-hop and set the tone for the type of candid political commentary a rapper could publicly engage in. Although artists aren't obligated to comment or participate in the political arena, West's meeting with a man whose policies, cabinet choices and rhetoric make it hard to believe that he cares about any lives that aren't white, straight and Christian, was deeply offensive.

But political frustration with West is nothing new. West was noticeably silent after the 2014 deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York until a tweet sent in mid-December of that year. Meanwhile, artists such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Killer Mike, Talib Kweli, Game and Jay Z had lent their vocal, artistic and financial support to the Black Lives Matter movement. West's endorsement of Donald Trump felt like the final straw for many.

It's unclear if the erasure of West's tweets in defense of Trump is an attempt for him to repair the damage or start anew. But the real question is, will Kanye West be forgiven?

Maybe Kanye 2020 is back on?


Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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