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Killer Mike Defended Kanye West’s Trump Meeting: “Why Wouldn’t You?”

“Black people shouldn’t have permanent friends or enemies, they should have permanent interest.”

April 03, 2017


Kanye West surprised many fans in 2016 when he said that although he didn't vote in the U.S. election, if he had his vote would have gone to Donald Trump. 'Ye doubled down on this sentiment in December when he was photographed attending a meeting with then then President-elect at Trump Tower in New York. West has appeared to roll back his support of Trump in recent months but the debate over whether he was right to spend time with him continues.

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Speaking to Channel 4 News in the U.K. on Saturday, April 1, Run The Jewels were asked to voice their take on the situation. In the clip you can see above, Killer Mike said that does not have a problem with any black person taking the chance to engage with those in power.

“Black people shouldn’t have permanent friends or enemies, they should have permanent interest," he said. However, he went on to clarify that he felt musicians hold little importance in the grand scheme of things. The rapper said that [NFL Hall of Famer and civil right activist] Jim Brown's meeting with Trump was of more significance as "I know on the other side of the table he [Brown] was telling the truth." Brown also met with Trump in December 2016 to discuss “how to work together … to make America a better country”.

Check out the clip above.

Killer Mike Defended Kanye West’s Trump Meeting: “Why Wouldn’t You?”