WATCH: John Legend Calls Kanye West’s Meeting with Donald Trump a ‘Publicity Stunt’
In an interview with the French outlet Clique, Legend was asked if he would ever take up the opportunity to meet with the President-elect in person to discuss his policies like West did on Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2016). Legend responded by revealing his feelings about West’s appearance at Trump Tower, calling the visit a “publicity stunt.”
“I don’t think it’s impossible to talk to [Donald Trump] about issues, but I won’t be used as a publicity stunt. I think Kanye was a publicity stunt,” said Legend of his longtime friend. Legend, one of the many celebrities that are anti-Trump, went on to say, “I’m pretty disappointed with Kanye that he says he would have voted for Trump. I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country. I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing,”
The host of the segment asked if Legend thought that West had something else in mind when he visited with Trump. “Whatever’s in his mind, I disagree with him,” concluded Legend.
After his meeting with Trump, West explained on Twitter that he wanted to discuss “multicultural issues,” which included “bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago” with the President-elect. “I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change,” wrote West, before pushing back his own plans to run for office by four years, to 2024. On Wednesday (Dec. 14, 2016), West shared a photo of his copy of TIME magazine’s Person of the Year issue that was signed by the Person of the Year himself. “To Kanye,” the message from Trump reads. “You are a great friend. Thanks.”
Watch Legend’s interview in the video at the top of the page.