Kanye West followed his wife on the Jimmy Kimmel Show (see Kim Kardashian Refuses to Bash Donald Trump on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Jimmy Kimmel: ‘I Don’t Want to Start the Show With Donald Trump Every Night’). The two, of course, talked about Donald Trump.
Ye actually had some good insight into what he was thinking during the MAGA dragon energy drama. It was more for him than just putting on a MAGA hat. Or being the new “look, we found another one who agrees with us” guy for conservative media. It was more personal.
“I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks- we’re supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only like, we can only be Democrats and all. So, even when I said it right before I went to the hospital and I expressed myself, and when I came out I had lost my confidence. So I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash and it took me a year and a half have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat no matter what the consequences were. And what it represented to me is not about policies because I’m not a politician like that, but it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said, in saying, you can’t bully me. Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me. Because at that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye.”
What Kanye describes is how I think a lot of MAGA-Americans feel in some form or the other. Bullied by solve for x (media, the left, college professors, etc.). So they fell in with Trump. A bully who was able to bully their bullies back. A lot of people in America, rightly or wrongly, feel like Trump is their voice.
And the more the bullies on the left try to push back, the more people side with the guy who is defending them.
But Kanye also touched on a point we’ve all considered: conservatism is the new counterculture. If liberalism is the status quo, and what one is expected to be, then being a conservative, or just not a liberal, is a small act of rebellion. Think about it.