Trump Implies Kanye West Endorsement Has Helped With His African-American Support

Politics

It was announced earlier this week that Kanye West is slated to meet with fellow purveyor of “dragon energy” Donald Trump in the White House. During a phone interview with Fox & Friends on Thursday (Oct. 11), Trump gushed about his upcoming meeting with the Yandhi rapper, and suggested that through West’s endorsement of him, his support numbers, specifically with African-Americans, saw an uptick.

“I have a lot of African-American support, and a lot has developed over the last little while with Kanye coming out,” he says, while also championing Jim Brown and his reportedly dwindling unemployment and crime rates in the African-American community. “I have a tremendous amount of support… so many athletes and stars.”

“My polls went up like 25 percent, nobody’s ever seen it, [West’s] got a big following in the African-American community, a big big following,” Trump chuckled. “And I think he has [a big following] in a lot of communities, but the polls went through the roof, and I think I can honestly say I’ve never seen that before, to that extent.”

Elsewhere in the conversation, Trump said that he enjoyed West, stating that he’s a “very different kind of guy.”

“He’s a private guy, and he wants to help people, and more than anything, [he is interested in] prison reform…” he continued.

According to The New York Times, the Geminis are reportedly meeting to discuss “availability of job opportunities for former convicts. He also hopes to discuss with Mr. Trump how to increase the number of manufacturing jobs in the Chicago area.” West will also stand alongside Trump as he signs the Music Modernization Act today (Oct. 11) at 11:45 a.m.

Hear his comments around the 3:10 mark.