As the conversations continue to heat up surrounding the upcoming 2020 presidential election, Jermaine Dupri weighed in with his thoughts to AllHipHop, including revealing how he feels about Kanye running for president.
When it comes to the Black vote, Jermaine says that there are a lot of them who secretly voted for Trump, and he added that there are Black people who don't want to vote. He stated, "Those two issues are just as big as anything else." Jermaine went on to explain that Trump won people over in the last election by not holding back against Clinton, who Dupri admits didn't unleash like Trump.
Jermaine added that ahead of the 2020 election, "Everything has to be discussed and things have to be talked about. And things that are happening in the streets, it’s a must that people feel like they are being heard."
While speaking about Kanye's run for president, Jermaine explained that while some have branded Kanye as "crazy," he knows other Black Republicans that use the same language as him. He stated, "I feel like the reason Kanye wants to run [for president] and the reason Kanye supports Donald Trump is another issue that has not been addressed enough for people to understand what’s going on. People just think Kanye is crazy. Right? Meanwhile, I know other Black Republicans that speak the same language Kanye speaks."
Jermaine continued, "It’s really a knowledge game. People have to read and people have to get in front of other people that are speaking, and listen. Kanye has been told why he has to be a Republican. He’s been told to be a Republican because of his money. Because of the money he makes and other Black Republicans that I know they speak the same language. They speak the exact same language. The average Black person on the street that doesn’t read, and doesn’t have friends that are Republican, they just look at it like 'Oh Kanye, you’re crazy. This guy is crazy. Why are you voting for him?' They make it a Black and white thing. Politics is not black and white. It’s not black and white! Donald Trump was a Democrat. We are so quick to make it into that, like 'Kanye, you’re not for the Black people.'"