Kanye West Thinks Donald Trump Is ‘Special’ But No Longer Supports Him

Kanye West is no stranger to making headlines and has been one of the world’s biggest and most controversial stars for over a decade. From Twitter rampages to buzzworthy moments on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, West seems to thrive on controversy and outrage.

Still, West‘s announcement on July 4th that he was planning on running for president has managed to top everything. Only days after his announcement, West spoke to Forbes about his plans, and whether he still thinks of President Donald Trump as a friend. 

Kanye West previously spoke out in support of Donald Trump

West had never sided with any particular political party during the course of his career, although many fans assumed he was liberal-leaning — especially after his controversial 2005 remarks about George Bush. However, in the summer of 2019, West shocked many of his supporters by announcing his support for Donald Trump.

West admitted that he didn’t vote in the 2016 election, but that if he did, he would have voted for Trump. He also denounced liberal politics and began wearing one of the red “Make America Great Again” hats frequently.

It seemed as though the admiration was mutual — Trump publicly praised West, communicating with him on social media and calling him a “great person.” West even visited the White House to chat with Trump in person and took part in a highly-publicized photo shoot.

Many celebrities called West out for his support of Trump, including A-listers like John Legend. Still, Kim Kardashian West supported Kanye West through it all, explaining his support for Trump as proof of his individuality.

Kanye West recently announced a presidential run

On July 4th, West took to Twitter to announce that he plans on running for President of the United States. While he has been threatening a presidential run for years, no one was actually expecting it to happen this year.

Many fans were confused, and his interview with Forbes did little to assuage their confusion. In the interview, West announced that he had gotten COVID-19 earlier this year, that he is against vaccinations, and that his campaign slogan will be “YES!”

West also claimed that he has chosen a running mate for his campaign, a Wyoming-based preacher named Michelle Tidball. There were plenty of other bombshells in the interview, as West spoke out against Planned Parenthood and talked about how he hopes to run a faith-based campaign. As for his previous association with Donald Trump, West had plenty to say on the subject. 

What does Kanye West think of Donald Trump now?

Kanye West | PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP via Getty Images

In his interview with Forbes, West claimed that he officially no longer supports Donald Trump. “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.” Still, he isn’t completely red to shun his association with Trump, and called him “special.”

He also claimed that “I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation.”

West also talked about the iconic shots of him wearing the “MAGA” hat, stating: “One of the main reasons I wore the red hat as a protest to the segregation of votes in the Black community. Also, other than the fact that I like Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby.”

As for Joe Biden, the Democratic political candidate, West spoke derisively: “Joe Biden’s not special.” 

There’s no telling what could happen next with West’s political campaign, but one thing is certain — he will continue to make headlines.