Rove, Juan Williams Debate Kanye West-John Legend Feud Over Trump
Fox News host Juan Williams and former Bush adviser Karl Rove discussed tweets posted by rapper Kanye West that recently drew the critique of fellow performer John Legend.
West praised President Trump earlier this week, and said that he "likes the way" Trump supporter Candace Owens "thinks."
On Thursday, West published a text message exchange between himself and Legend.
"I hope you'll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump," Legend, whose real name is John Roger Stephens, said. "You're way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is or what he stands for."
"So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump's policies cause," Legend continued.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 26, 2018
West responded saying he still loves Legend, but that the performer's decision to invoke his fans "is a tactic based on fear [that is] used to manipulate my free thought."
Williams recalled how Trump told "Fox & Friends" that West was responding to his economic agenda, saying it "has benefitted the African-American community."
"I don't think Kanye is paying attention to that," Williams said.
He said that West may be responding positively to Trump because President Barack Obama called the rapper a "jerk" for interrupting Taylor Swift at an awards show, while Trump has met with him at his namesake New York tower.
Rove disagreed, saying that West "likes" the economics of Trump's agenda.
"Any time someone breaks from that orthodoxy [of the left] they tend to become a target," he said.