Now the 25-year-old is apologizing for his “poorly timed comments” and – after receiving praise from the President – wants it known he in no way support’s Donald Trump.
“Anyone who knows me knows how passionate I am about my city and my loved ones,” the Grammy winner wrote on Twitter. “Kanye West in just a mentor or big brother to me. He’s my family. No matter how much I may disagree with him, it’s hard to watch people talk about someone I love– even if they were justified in doing so. I didn’t speak up because I agreed with what Kanye had to say or cause I f*** with Trump, I did it because I wanted to help my friend and cause I felt like I was being used to attack him.”
After his initial tweet supporting Kanye, the current President wrote: “Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community – Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades – Legacy Stuff! Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott, they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history).”
The “No Problem” made it clear where he stands on the current President’s policies.
“I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism, and discrimination. I’d never support someone who’d talk about Chicago as if it’s hell on earth and then take steps to make life harder for the disenfranchised among us.”
Chance also told fans he will put his apology into action.
“So let my apology be seen in my future works, and let me make up for my poorly timed comments with immediate action and advocacy for those who need it most.”
He also elaborated on his tweet saying: “Black people don’t have to be Democrats.”
“My statement about black folk not having to be democrats (though true) was a deflection from the real conversation and stemmed from a personal issue with the fact that Chicago has had generations of democratic officials with no investment or regard for black schools, neighborhoods, or black lives.”
He ended his comments by stressing the importance communicating with each other about the current state of the country and world.
“We have to talk honestly about what is happening and has been happening in this country and we have to challenge those who are responsible, as well as those who are giving them a pass. If that happens to include I love, someone who is my brother-in-Christ and someone who I believe does really want to do what is right, it’s not my job to defend or protect him. It’s my job [to] pick up the phone and talk to him about it.”
Even Kanye appears to be clarifying his support of Trump and tweeted on Friday: I haven’t done enough research on conservatives to call myself or be called one. I’m just refusing to be enslaved by monolithic thought.”
I haven’t done enough research on conservatives to call myself or be called one. I’m just refusing to be enslaved by monolithic thought.