Former Officer on Kanye's 'Kimmel' Appearance: He's 'Speaking to the Subconscious Heart of Americans'
Former Tuscon, Arizona police officer Brandon Tatum applauded Kanye West's recent appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" during which West stood by his support for President Trump.
The iconic rapper was a guest on the ABC show Thursday and said that he won't be bullied by liberals.
"Liberals can't bully me, news can't bully me, the hip-hop community, they can't bully me," he said. "At that point, if I'm afraid to be me, I'm no longer Ye."
West has been a vocal supporter of President Trump and has been a recipient of backlash because of it.
Tatum praised West on "Fox & Friends" for not backing away from his Trump support.
"Kanye West is speaking to the subconscious heart of Americans," he said. "He's speaking about what God wants for us."
Thank you to Kanye West and the fact that he is willing to tell the TRUTH. One new and great FACT - African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honored by this. Thank you Kanye for your support. It is making a big difference!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
West added on Thursday that it took him more than a year to gain the confidence to wear a "Make America Great Again" hat in public due to the amount of criticism he previously got because of it.
"It represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt no matter what anyone said, and saying 'you can't bully me,'" West said.
Tatum added on Sunday that people should not dismiss West because he -- like Trump -- represents overcoming great odds to succeed.
He praised Trump for the job he's doing thus far in office, saying that "he's killing it."
"He's doing a great job for all Americans and he's inspired me and other people to be more supportive and to be encouraged by what this country's doing moving forward."
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