Kanye West's embrace of a black Trump supporter not well-received

SFGate | 4/23/2018 | Eugene Scott, The Washington Post
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IMAGE 1 OF 38 Kanye West enters Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016.

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Hip-hop artist Kanye West was criticized by the left for his support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race. But anyone who thought that would lead him to walk away from conservative ideas found out recently that he instead may be doubling down.

Less than a week after returning to Twitter, following a nearly year-long break, the rapper who once claimed that then-President George W. Bush did not care for black people because of his much-criticized response to Hurricane Katrina in 2015 appeared to endorse a pro-Trump conservative who regularly criticizes Black Lives Matter.

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