In a long and winding interview with the New York Times on Monday, Kanye West discussed his support for President Donald Trump and the immense pressure he felt as a prominent black voice to get behind Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
He said he was “castrated,” that people told him: “You have to like Hillary. That’s got to be your choice.”
He compared the situation to an arranged marriage. “…because you’re black, because you make very sensitive music, because you’re a very sensitive soul, it was like an arranged marriage or something,” he said. “And I’m like, that’s not who I want to marry.”
He said that his support is more emotional than academic. “Having a political opinion that’s overly informed, it’s like knowing how to dress, as opposed to being a child — ‘I like this.’ I hear Trump talk and I’m like, I like the way it sounds, knowing that there’s people who like me that don’t like the way it sounds,” he said, adding that he does not support all of Trump’s policies
“I expressed the example that I have a cousin that’s locked up for doing something bad, and I still love him, so I don’t base my love for a person on if they doing something good or bad.”
“I think that my personality and energy mirrors Nat Turner, or it had in the past, but that showed me that also that Nat Turner approach would land me in the same place Nat Turner landed, and that I would be legendary but also just a martyr.”