Donald Trump Responds To Jay-Z’s Criticism On Twitter
Politics as usual.
In his interview, Jay-Z called Trump’s “shithole countries” remarks “hurtful,” and also shared an analogy of how the president’s election was the result of sweeping issues like racism under the rug rather than facing them head-on. He brought up Donald Sterling, who he feels should have jumpstarted a larger conversation rather than simply removed from his position — something he feels was an overly simple solution to a complex problem. “Once you do that, all the other closet racists just run back in the hole. You haven’t fixed anything. What you’ve done was spray perfume on a trash can,” he said. “You don’t take the trash out. You keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable and then, you know, as those things grow, then you create a superbug. And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.”
This is not the first time Jay-Z has spoken out about Trump. In an interview with BBC1 last September, he spoke of Trump’s America, and what he hoped would be progress to follow. “Usually when things are darkest, it’s when light is on its way,” he said. “I’m not fearful. I believe we’re resilient. Especially black people, we’ve been through so much more than this guy. I’m looking at him, like this is a joke. I can’t even say with all due respect — with all disrespect. He’s not a very sophisticated man. Until everyone’s free, no one’s free. If you oppress a certain people, everyone’s in danger.”