HUD Secretary Ben Carson was asked by WMAL’s Larry O’Connor Wednesday what he thought of rapper Kanye West’s recent embrace of President Trump.
“Part of what made you so compelling is you really wanted to reach out to people who hadn’t been represented by the Republican Party in the past,” O’Connor said. “And today we’ve got Kanye West tweeting out a picture of himself wearing a Make America Great Again hat and the president responding on Twitter. I mean, this is Kanye, Secretary Carson. What do you make of this?”
Carson responded by praising West and the “courage” it takes to “go against the grain” instead of living a lie so people “think you’re wonderful.”
“Well, you know I am thrilled to see someone like him have the courage, because it takes a lot of courage to go against the grain, and to have people saying horrible things about you when you could just change it a little bit and everybody would think you’re wonderful, and people get seduced by that,” said Carson. “But the fact of the matter is, when you look down through history, great people seldom are appreciated during the time when they’re alive. It’s only later on. But I appreciate the fact that he’s willing to come out and take that stand.”
And the feeling is apparently mutual. Back in 2015, West actually expressed support for Carson in his presidential bid.
The HUD secretary finished by tying in West’s stand with his agency’s mission to “empower people” instead of simply creating programs and trying to get people into them.