If you’ve been following the philosophical, stream-of-consciousness ramblings of Kanye West on Twitter lately, you may have been shocked — or maybe not at all shocked — to see him tweet effusive praise of President Donald Trump, bringing full circle the rapper’s conversion to alt-right internet troll. What you may not know is that there’s a rumor going around that the move cost Kanye millions of Twitter followers.
That rumor is false.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that Kanye remains at around 27 million Twitter followers, roughly the same amount he had before he began tweeting things like, “We are both dragon energy,” and, “He is my brother,” referring to the 71-year-old Republican president of the United States. “We can confirm that Kanye’s follower count is currently at approximately 27M followers. Any fluctuation that people might be seeing is an inconsistency and should be resolved soon,” the statement reads.
Of course, that Kanye isn’t bleeding support for saying he loves Trump doesn’t make the situation any less bizarre. We know Kanye has been a not-so-subtle fan of Trump since he said he would have voted for the man, if he had voted at all, back in November 2016. The two also met in person to “discuss multicultural issues” in August of last year; see photo above.
But Kanye’s new series of tweets have pretty much everyone scratching their heads, including Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West, who apparently called her husband to get clarity on his “love” for Trump. For a man who once boldly and off-script said on live television that former Republican president George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people,” it’s quite the ideological shift:
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
If your friend jumps off the bridge you don't have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don't tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
I love Hillary too.
my wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone. I don't agree with everything Trump does. I don't agree 100% with anyone but myself.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018
To his credit, Trump responded in kind to bank on the social media moment: