Rapper Kanye West defended his support for President Donald Trump over the weekend, saying that it’s his “right” to back the president and that the Republican Party “freed the slaves,” Fox News reports.
During a Sunday Service event in Salt Lake City, Utah, West addressed his support for Trump, which has drawn criticism from some of his fans.
“You black, so you can’t like Trump? I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color,” West said. “That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery.”
He also said, “that’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves.”
West previously drew criticism for saying that slavery was a “choice” in an interview with TMZ in May of last year.
“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 later apologized for those comments in an interview with local Chicago radio station WGCI-FM.
“I don’t know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel,” West said, according to CNN. “So I want to take this moment right now to say … I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment.”