Kanye West's alignment with Donald Trump and other conservatives has polarized his fans. The rapper further explained himself on his new track, "Ye Vs. The People" that dropped early on Saturday morning. In the first bars, he raps, "I know Obama was heaven-sent/ But ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president." That bar alone seemed to provide more context as to why he appreciates the president. Earlier today, he was once again sharing screenshots from some recent conversations which seemed to spark a bigger debate among his close affiliates.
Kanye's friend, Steve, texted him about the history of the Republican's and Abraham Lincoln and their role in freeing slaves. "Abe Lincoln freed and protexted the slaves and he was republican... Republicans were the ones who's helped black people... democrats protected the rights of the slave owners in the south," he wrote. "Those are facts."
After 'Ye shared the screenshot on Twitter, he received texts from Charlamagne Tha God, John Legend and Tracey Mills. Both Legend and Charlamagne checked Kanye West about the text messages and explained that what his boy Steve was saying was only half of the facts.
"Whoever sent you this is giving you wrong by giving you half truths because the Civil Rights Act Of 1964 was put into legislation by a Democratic President. So to say Republicans helped black people but imply Democrats never have is stupid." Charlamagne wrote, "You gotta fact check this stuff before you put it in the world. You're platform to big."
John Legend also explained to 'Ye that although Abe Lincoln and the Republicans indeed helped free slaves, they're platform has changed since them. "Abraham Lincoln was indeed a Republican. They love bringing that up to deflect from the fact that now the Republicans have become the party of Confederact. They defend the Confederate flag and oppose civil right advances almost uniformly." Legend wrote to 'Ye.
Peep the text conversations below.