John Legend Says Kanye’s Meeting With Trump Was A ‘Publicity Stunt’
John Legend says Kanye West’s meeting with Donald Trump was a “publicity stunt.”
West met with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York Tuesday, two weeks after his release from a Los Angeles hospital. The meeting drew tons of media attention, and according to R&B singer John Legend, that was exactly what Kanye wanted.
Kanye tweeted Tuesday afternoon he met with Trump to “discuss multicultural issues.” He further stated: “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”
But Legend didn’t buy it, telling a European TV outlet he was “disappointed” his friend would even sit down with the soon-to-be 45th president.
“I don’t think it’s impossible to talk to him about issues, but I won’t be used as a publicity stunt. And I think Kanye was a publicity stunt,” Legend told French TV program Clique Wednesday. “I think Trump has been corrosive. His message has been corrosive to the country, and I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people. For Kanye to support that message is very disappointing.”
“I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump,” he added. “Whatever’s in his mind, I disagree with.”
A lot has been made in recent weeks about West’s mental state. He abruptly canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo Tour the day after he went on a prolonged diatribe during a concert in California on Nov. 20.
West told thousands of booing fans at the show: “It’s a new world, Hillary Clinton, it’s a new world … Feelings matter. Because guess what? Everybody in Middle America felt a way and they showed you how they felt.”
Days earlier, West told fans at another concert, “I told y’all I didn’t vote, right? … But if I would’ve voted, I would’ve voted for Trump.”
The rapper later spent a week in a hospital after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.
John Legend isn’t the only musician throwing shade at West. Fellow rapper Rick Ross told fans at a show Sunday he believes West faked his reported mental breakdown for attention.