It’s a free country.
And rapper Kanye West is not going to let anyone, any group or any political organization tell him whom he can or can’t support for office.
He defended his support of President Donald Trump this week, saying it would be “mental slavery” to make a decision or cast a vote based purely on one’s skin color.
“That’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves,” West said on Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah, during his Sunday Service session .
He noted that Abe Lincoln, a Republican, was in office when slavery in the United States came to an end.
And he said people criticize him because he “chose my right.”
“And we got the right, right? We got a right to our opinions, right?” said West.
“You black, so you can’t like Trump?”
“I ain’t never made a decision based only on my color. That’s a form of slavery — mental slavery.”
His full quote was this: “I ain’t never make a decision based only on my color. That’s a form of slavery — mental slavery. I ain’t drink from the white person fountain … I ain’t playing with them. All these mind controllers, the media, all of these mind controllers. I find that wherever Christ is where I’ve got my mind at. We find that the love of Christ is where I’ve got my mind back,” he said.
Approximately 7,000 to 10,000 people attended the event on Saturday, according to The Deseret News .
See this tweet below with more information:
Kanye West At Sunday Service Salt Lake City talked about the Republican Party of Lincoln freeing the slaves and how he supports Trump: “I ain’t never made a decision only based on my color. That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery.” pic.twitter.com/0Cwom01ipF 
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) October 5, 2019 
At the start of this year, Kanye West reaffirmed his support for Trump. 
The rapper visited the White House in 2018 and issued a series of short tweets in early January 2019 that put his focus back on politics after he had publicly backed away from sharing his opinions.
West unexpectedly tweeted, “Trump all day.”
He then followed that up by saying , “Just so in 2019 you know where I stand.”
He also criticized the Democratic Party.
He said, “Blacks are 90 percent Democrats … That sounds like control to me” — and “They will not program me.”
Kanye West is married to Kim Kardashian. They have four children.
See this tweet about his service on Saturday — and share your thoughts below.
West: “Who said, ‘thank you, Kanye?’ What I want you to say is, ‘thank you, Jesus.’” pic.twitter.com/yxyFswXVOV 
— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) October 5, 2019