His career has been a series of extreme highs and lows and Kanye West says he sympathizes with former President George W. Bush.
The “Love Lockdown” rapper told press he understands the stresses and drama that Bush endured in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“I definitely can understand the way he feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing happened to me, where I got accused of being a racist.”
Comparing Bush’s situation to that of his own at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye continued, “With him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. For me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think we’re all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I’m more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through]-and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level.”
The response comes after George W Bush told Matt Lauer that racism accusations such as Kanye West saying that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” after Hurricane Katrina were among the worst times of his presidency.
Of the harsh words, which were made during a Katrina fundraiser, the former US leader said, “That [means], ‘He’s a racist,’ And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. … I resent it, it’s not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”
To this, Lauer replied, “You’re not saying that the worst moment in your presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana. You’re saying it was when someone insulted you because of that.”
Explaining his words, Bush responded, “No — that — and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. There’s a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
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