Kanye West defends Obama, saying he lacks Jewish connections

Hip hop superstar: "Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 29, 2013 13:09
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Kanye West 311 R. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Superstar rapper Kanye West defended US President Barack Obama against critics this week, mainlining that the American leader lacks the connections of the Jewish people.

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Speaking on "The Breakfast Club" morning radio program on New York Hip Hop and R&B station Power 105.1, West said: "Let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money, and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can't make these moves, or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections. Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connections as oil people. You know we don't know nobody that got a nice house. You know we don't know nobody with paper like that, that we can go to when we're down."

The incident did not mark the first time that West had made comments which raised eyebrows among Jews. In 2011, he was booed at a concert in England after comparing himself with Adolf Hitler.

"I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm (expletive) insane, like I'm Hitler," West told an audience of 40,000 over the weekend at the Big Chill Festival.

As the audience booed, he said, "One day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did."

JTA contributed to this report.

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