Killer Mike says he wasn’t bothered by Kanye West meeting with President Donald Trump months ago.
Kanye West got roasted and dragged for meeting with President Donald Trump at the Trump Tower back in December. Countless smartphone pundits offered their opinions and wittiest insults while rap peers like T.I. even asked, “what the f*ck you doing?” Every Black person that’s bothered to sit down with Trump ever since have been met with similar criticism.
But Killer Mike isn’t bothered by West and others meeting with the President.
In an interview with Channel 4 in London, Run The Jewels was asked for their thoughts on the highly publicized meeting where West and Trump reportedly met to talk about “multicultural issues.”
Mike replied saying, “[It] didn’t bother me. Why wouldn’t you?”
He also went on to quote BET founder Bob Johnson saying that “Black people shouldn’t have permanent friends or enemies, they should have permanent interests.”
He added, “If it wasn’t for Dr. Martin Luther King being willing to meet with people like [former Alabama Governor] George Wallace, George Wallace would have not have ended up—starting as a racist bigot, he ended as a person who found God in some way, [and] appointed more blacks to his office than any other governor since him.”
Wallace who was one of the staunchest segregationist during the Civil Rights vs. Jim Crow era declared himself a born-again Christian in the late-70s, apologized for his racist acts in the past and indeed set out to appoint a record number of African-Americans to state positions between 1983 and 1987 in what would be his fourth and final term as Governor.
Mike also said that musicians meeting with Trump doesn’t mean as much as actual activists meeting with him and brought up Jim Brown.
“Jim Brown, for the last 50 years, has fought against the oppression of all people,” he said. “Him sitting with President Trump was a significant thing for me, because I know on the other side of the table he was telling the truth.”
Watch the clip for yourself below.