Don Lemon thinks that Ye needs to read more.
Many of you may remember Don Lemon from when he interviewed LeBron James and Donald Trump called him dumb. It seems that Lemon took the President's slight to heart and has weaponized it against another controversial political figure: Kanye West.
The story ends with Lemon calling Ye "not very bright" on CNN, but it begins with Kanye's return to the Chi. Kanye was spotted there a few days ago where Fox News accosted him and asked why he was he had come back to his hometown, to which Kanye answered "I came out here with Chance to work on his album, and I’ve just been hanging out with my friends." By "his friends" Kanye presumably also meant the hosts of the WGCI 107.5 Radio show, where he did an interview and clarified some of his opinions about Donald Trump and even apologizing for some of the way he handled the situation in the past:
This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people are ... I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health.
What Lemon took issue with, though, is Kanye describing how Trump yearns for the approval of black people and the good old days when he was name-dropped in rap songs. Kanye again:
He cares about the way black people feel about him and he would like for black people for him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this, and he will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he's got an ego like all the rest of us... he knows that he can't be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community.
The problem with this statement, says Lemon, with classic Kanye phrasing, is that if we look at "what Donald Trump actually does" then it follows that "Donald Trump does not care about black people." Fair enough.
Watch Kanye's interview below and Lemon's response here.