Kanye West is through with President Obama.
In a radio interview with 107.9 HOT, a Philadelphia-area station, West declared that he was finished thinking about the commander-in-chief and suggested that President Obama had used him politically.
“I’m not gonna mention him no more,” West told hosts Shamara and Laiya. “I’m past that. That’s out of my thoughts. That’s lowering my priority of thinking at this point.”
When the pair asked the rap star if he would “break bread” with Obama and his family, West implied that Obama had criticized him for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards incident—in which West infamously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech—in order to deflect political heat.
“I just think that we’re pop icons, and the president likes to use that type of thing just to be down,” West said. “People was fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about five years—‘This is the person we love to hate, so if you want to distract people from everything that’s going on . . . just say you hate Kanye and there’s going be 30 other people who say they hate Kanye.’ That was kind of my position in culture and he kind of used that too—‘Oh, he’s a jackass’—because that’s how the world felt.”
Obama has twice labeled the rap star a jackass. The first time came in the wake of the Swift incident and Obama later doubled-down on that assessment several years later.
Via Washington Times.