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Monday, 1 October 2018

Kanye West calls for the abolition of the 13th Amendment while wearing MAGA hat

Kanye West has been having a very Kanye West 24 hours. He performed as a giant Perrier bottle on Saturday Night Live, then was cut off at the end of the show during an impromptu pro-Trump speech to awkward silence and a scattered mixture of boos and applause. Which President Trump praised on Twitter
Kanye West (Photo: Twitter)
Head spinning yet? It doesn’t stop there. West posted a message and photo to his Twitter account Saturday afternoon seemingly calling for the abolition of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865 in the aftermath of the Civil War, abolished slavery in the United States. The 13th Amendment states: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

It appears West is explaining why he is wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat and supporting Donald Trump. He writes, “this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs.”
He went on to say that “We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment,” which may be a reference to prison reform, which his wife Kim Kardashian has spoken with the president and his administration about. 
Regardless of his intent, people did not respond well to West’s tweet.
Huffington Post reporter Yashar Ali tried to unpack West’s meaning.

Some thought the controversial star was just straight up wrong for this, including actor Chris Evans.


One user bemoaned that the West who had inspired him now embraced a man who hates him.

Another shared a news alert about migrant children still housed in Texas, and pointed out that West was tweeting from the comfort of a private jet.
Quite a few tweets pointed out that while West said the hat represented manufacturing returning to the U.S., the hat itself was made in China.
As are West’s Yeezy shoes.
And some people really liked West’s message.
Kanye has been an outspoken supporter of the president. Notably, he tweeted in April that “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.”

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