Rapper Kanye West defended President Trump and Republicans during his Sunday Service in Salt Lake City when he reminded those in attendance that it was the Republican Party that voted to end slavery.
“That’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves,” West said per the Washington Examiner.
The music icon went on to challenge his critics and those who insult him for allying himself with conservativism and President Trump.
West said he “chose” to break the mold and think for himself.
“And we got the right, right? We got a right to our opinions, right?” he asked per the report. “You black, so you can’t like Trump? I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color. That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery.”
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Kanye West At Sunday Service Salt Lake City talked about the Republican Party of Lincoln freeing the slaves and how he supports Trump: “I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color. That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery.” pic.twitter.com/0Cwom01ipF
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According to the report, between 7,000 to 10,000 people attended the event, which West regularly holds.
West’s event comes as his latest push for Trump after taking some time away from politics.
The rapper has previously visited the White House and offered his support for Trump during a special appearance on Saturday Night Live.
The Washington Examiner adds:
West previously spoke about the concept of “mental slavery” during a controversial TMZ Live interview last year. At the time, he suggested that slavery was a “choice.”
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. It’s like slavery, Holocaust. Holocaust, Jews. Slavery is blacks. So, prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”
West is one of Trump’s most famous supporters in the music industry, even visiting the White House to meet with the president last year. Around the same time, he appeared on Saturday Night Live and launched into a pro-Trump rant during the show’s credits.