"I think he sees certain aspects of himself in Trump," Legend says of Kanye's Trump support.
The singer spoke about West's twitter storm and clarified his stance on the rapper posting their personal text messages online in an phone interview with Hot 97's Ebro Darden on Friday.
"I'm not mad people saw it because at least they know where I'm coming from," Legend said. "I didn't actually mind it after I thought about it for a second, but I was shocked when it first happened. I think Kanye, when he talks about Trump, he's thinking about him more as a marketing triumph. I think he sees certain aspects of himself in Trump. He sees how brash he is and that he doesn't give a f-ck, how nobody believed he was gonna win. How he defied all the odds and became president."
"He's talking about free thought," the "All of Me" singer continued, explaining how his tweets don't line up with the President's beliefs. "And Trump doesn't even want a free press. I don't see how you align yourself with that and say you're operating yourself from love."
"These MAGA folks are all over his nuts right now and as soon as he says something about Taylor Swift, these are the same people calling him the N-word, everything they could possibly imagine," Legend added of West's new supporters.
Kanye posted the text messages (below) Thursday night, which consisted of Legend urging Kanye to reconsider aligning with Trump.
I really appreciate this dialogue with John Legend because I'm actually very empathetic. Im still the kid from the telethon. I feel when people think of MAGA they don't think of empathy.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 26, 2018
It seems the two have worked out their problems -- or at least "agree to disagree." The rapper posted a picture of him and Legend on his Twitter Friday night at Chrissy Teigen's baby show, as well as a video of John playing the piano.
We got love. Agree to disagree pic.twitter.com/kaTcPYH0zL— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 28, 2018
Lead with love pic.twitter.com/tj2a9LFYKZ— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 28, 2018