Donald Trump thanked Kanye West at an NRA convention today, crediting the rapper with helping his approval rating among African-American voters.
The US President was speaking at a National Rifle Association convention in Dallas on Friday (May 4).
During his speech, he said: “Kanye West must have some power because, you probably saw, I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11% to 22% in one week.”
“Thank you, Kanye, thank you,” Trump added. “Even the pollsters thought there must be some mistake. No, we’ve come a long way.”
Trump was citing a Reuters poll, which shows his approval rating among black men to be 22%. His disapproval rating among the same demographic is 71%.
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Kanye has caused controversy recently by saying that he “loves” Donald Trump and posting photos of himself in a Make America Great Again hat. After backtracking and saying that he doesn’t like “half the shit” Trump says, he later explained what he likes about Trump in his interview with Charlamagne.
“When he was running, I felt something,” West explained. “The fact that he won proves something, that anything is possible in America.” Kanye went on to say that Trump’s election win “proved” that he too could successfully run for office. “When I see an outsider infiltrate, I connect with that,” Ye added. “It’s a time for the unconventional”.
Asked about accusations of racism levelled at Trump, Kanye said that racism wasn’t necessarily a “deal breaker” because America is racist.
He also spoke about his reasons for meeting with Trump in 2016, saying: “I’m not going to let myself off easy by saying I met with Trump because I was going through something… This was the Ye that wanted to change something, and I would meet with him today, and I would talk about Chicago”