Chance the Rapper rejects 'thank you' from Donald Trump

Trump tweeted: 'Thank you also to Chance and Dr. Darrell Scott, they really get it (lowest Black & Hispanic unemployment in history)'

Clarisse Loughrey
Saturday 28 April 2018 09:22 BST
Donald Trump thanks Kanye West for Twitter compliments

Chance the Rapper wants to be disassociated from Kanye West‘s support of Donald Trump – and, increasingly, his own comments defending the rapper.

The musician swiftly rejected a “thank you” Trump handed to him on Twitter, after including him in his praise of Kanye West, which read: “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).”

Trump has tweeted multiple times about West’s support, reaffirmed during the rapper’s return to social media, seeing him declare he “love[s]” Trump, calling him his “brother” and adding the pair shared “dragon energy”.

However, Chance repudiated Trump’s praise with a swift: “Nah that ain’t it yo”. He also posted on Twitter a lengthy statement which apologised for and explained his comments in defence of West, which saw him tweet: “Black people don’t have to be democrats.”

West has yet to reveal his political alignment, recently tweeting: “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.”

Chance - who featured on West's album The Life of Pablo – explained why he initially commented on West’s Tweets, saying he could not stand by as a “brother-in-Christ” was being picked apart by critics.

However, he further stressed that his comment was not made in support of Trump. ”I’d never support anyone who has made a career 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 most disenfranchised of us,” he wrote.

He continued: "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."

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