West stands by beliefs, will not cower to mob

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Beau Brittain

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Kanye West is no stranger to receiving criticism for the comments he makes. On Saturday, he caused a stir after he tweeted his support for outspoken conservative speaker Candice Owens and President Donald Trump. Afterwards, West faced a lot backlash from fans and people on the political left. West did not issue an apology for his words, unlike singer Shania Twain who apologized for saying she would have voted for Trump. Finally, we have someone who is standing by their beliefs and not cowering down to the mob coming after them.

Those who know me know that I have not liked West ever since he rudely interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. While I still do not like West, I do support his decision to stand by his support of Trump and Owens, which has caused me to have a little respect for him.

After West revealed his support for Trump, he fired back to those attacking him for his political beliefs saying, “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him…I don’t agree with everything he does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”

The attacks on West’s beliefs revealed something about the political left that has been around for a long time, they do not like that someone they thought would be on their side has expressed their support for a Republican president. Instead of accepting that someone has different views than them, they publicly attack and call him “dumb” and “psychotic.” Close friend and singer John Legend even asked West to renounce his support for Trump because West is “too powerful and influential” and that Trump’s policies harm people of color.

My support of West’s remarks is not because I myself am conservative. I agree with his comments because he believes in the freedom of thought and, despite facing backlash about his beliefs, he stands with by his beliefs and is not apologetic about it.   I would like to know why the left thinks West is supposed to be on their side. He did not even say he supports all conservative principles or that he is now a part of the Republican party. West only said he supports a president who he believes will bring real change. I also wonder why everyone cares that West supports the President.

Our society needs to accept the fact that people have different opinions and beliefs, so we can have civil discussions about hot to bring real change to our country.