John Legend condemns Kanye West’s meeting with Donald Trump as “a publicity stunt”

Singer says he's "pretty disappointed with Kanye" and that "I disagree with him"

After meeting with President-Elect Trump on Tuesday, Kanye West announced he was postponing his own presidential campaign until 2024 so he wouldn’t have to run against the Donald. It sounds like he might have to convince some of his own friends to vote for him, though, as John Legend has now criticized West’s conclave with the next President.

West has said that he and Trump discussed “multicultural issues” of “bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago” during their breif time together, and Legend acknowledges the value in such discussions. However, he doesn’t think that’s what really happened on Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s impossible to talk to him about issues, but I won’t be used as a publicity stunt,” Legend told French TV show Clique (via Pitchfork). “And I think Kanye was a publicity stunt.”

Legend continued, saying, “I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump. 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. And for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing.” He concluded with a stern, “Whatever was in his mind, I disagree with him.”

Legend isn’t the only one to have expressed his disagreement with West’s relationship with the President-Elect. Find some reaction Tweets from the rapper’s peers below.


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