Jay-Z shocks fans by saying that Trump's presidency is 'actually a great thing'
Throughout his life, Donald Trump has been recognized as a man who is outspoken in his responses to his critics - and that didn't change when he became president.
In just the first year of the job, the former businessman responded to taunts from Kim Jong Un by calling him "little rocket man", used a racial slur against another politician when she called him out on some bad policymaking, and continues to reference his many "haters and losers" whenever he has the chance to go off on a Twitter rant.
So, when Jay-Z had a few things to say about Trump after his infamous "s***hole countries" blunder, the president was quick to fire back with a response on Twitter:
The rapper had been asked about Trump on The Van Jones Show, and was asked whether the president's decision to exclude certain immigrants was acceptable on the basis that it would help the economy. And he had been very honest in his response:
"It's not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn't equate to happiness ... You treat people like human beings. That's the main point ... It's not going to lead to happiness, it's going to lead to, again, the same thing. Everyone's going to be sick."
How exactly that links to Trump's (dubious) claim that "Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!" is somewhat of a mystery - but it just goes to show that the president doesn't handle any negative perceptions of him particularly well at all.
With this in mind, then, fans were taken aback when Jay-Z appeared to do a complete 180 on Trump, and said that his presidency was a positive thing.
In an interview with David Letterman, the musician appeared to be praising the former The Apprentice host at one point - but it wasn't quite what it seemed.
When asked if he was losing faith in the White House, Jay-Z said:
"I think it’s actually a great thing, and here's why. What he’s forcing people to do is have a conversation and people to band together and work together. Like, you can't really address something that's not revealed."
He went on:
"He's bringing out an ugly side of America that we wanted to believe was gone and it's still here. And we still gotta deal with it. We have to have tough conversations. We have to talk about the N-word and we have to talk about why white men are so privileged in this country."
Sorry to get your hopes up Trump fans - but did you really think Jay-Z was going to suddenly change his mind after all those times the rapper had called him out in the past? Seriously, with his track record, seeing Jay-Z give any genuine praise to Trump seems just about as likely as hearing that Eminem has announced his intentions to vote Republican in the next election. It simply isn't going to happen.