CHICAGO — President Donald Trump tweeted praise for Chance the Rapper on Friday — and Chance wasn't having it.
The president mentioned the Chicago rapper in a tweet Friday thanking Kanye West for his recent outpouring of support on social media. "Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community," Trump wrote. "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)."
Chance's response? "Nah that aint it yo."
It all started Wednesday when West praised Trump in a series of tweets: "You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother," West wrote. He later added: "Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed."
The endorsement outraged many of West’s supporters. Backlash spread on social media. “The Root” ran the headline “Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Black People.”
WVON talk show host Maze Jackson thinks West knew exactly what he was doing.
“I think Kanye is a marketing genius,” Jackson said. “He’s got an album coming out. … If you think about it Kanye and Donald Trump have a lot of similarities when you talk about the fact dragon blood they are people that everybody lose to hate but some kind of way they always seem to make it through.”
Friday, Chicago Alderman Ricardo Munoz came to Obama’s defense, saying Kanye should stick to music.
“He empowered municipalities like Chicago to do what they needed to do to improve,” he said. “The federal funding that was provided through CBDG grants. The mere presence of a president with an urban agenda.”
When West faced backlash for his comments, Chance tweeted: "Black people don't have to be democrats" and "Next President gon be independent."
Trump seemingly took that as a show of support.
Chance set the record straight Friday. "I'd never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism and discrimination," he wrote. "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 here for the most disenfranchised among us."
Here are the full tweets: