A Washington Post-ABC poll this month found that only 11 percent of African Americans approve of the job Trump is doing while 83 disapprove, including 70 percent who disapproved strongly. Black unemployment in December was at its lowest since the Labor Department began tracking the data, but has risen slightly since then. It is nearly double the white unemployment rate.
West — who previously said he would have voted for Trump had he cast a ballot — went on Twitter on Wednesday to defend his feelings about the president, writing that “you don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.”
West also said that he and Trump share “dragon energy.”
In a series of tweets that followed, Trump called West “very cool” and West shared a photo of a red “Make America Great Again” hat signed by Trump.
Chance the Rapper went on Twitter later Wednesday to bolster West, writing that “Black people don’t have to be democrats.” Chance had been highly critical of Trump in the past.
During the presidential transition, West made a high-profile trip to Trump Tower a couple of weeks after he was met with a chorus of boos at a concert in San Jose when he shared that he would have voted for Trump. West has more recently mused about running for president himself in 2020.
In seeking to appeal to black voters during the 2016 campaign, Trump claimed Democrats took them for granted and often asked, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
Scott Clement contributed to this report.