President Donald J. Trump is in a word war with award-winning rapper Jay-Z. On Twitter, the commander-in-chief responded to comments critical of his governance.
The legendary hip-hop artist appeared in an interview with CNN on Saturday, Jan. 27, and was asked about the recent remarks that the president made against countries in Africa. Jay-Z said that the comments made by a leader of the free world was hurtful and exposes the latent racism lurking behind closed doors.
To recall, earlier this month, Trump, in a closed-door meeting with lawmakers, questioned why the United States wants immigrants from African countries. He then suggested that they should instead focus on bringing more people from first-world countries such as Norway.
"Why are we having all these people from sh**hole countries come here?" he said, referring to Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries.
The comment was slammed by several high-profile figures such as local politicians, world leaders, and celebrities. On Saturday, Jay-Z joined the growing list of famous people critical of the president.
"Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it's really hurtful because he's looking down on a whole population of people and he's so misinformed because these places have beautiful people," the rapper stated on The Van Jones Show.
The "Family Feud" singer mentioned Donald Sterling, a businessman who was caught making racist remarks during a private phone conversation. Sterling, who was the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was banned from the NBA for life. Jay-Z insisted that, instead of creating a conversation, the action only forced racists into hiding, which does not really solve the problem in the long run.
He compared it to spraying perfume to a trash can, which he says attracts even more bugs.
"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," the 2018 Grammy Award honoree explained. "And then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug."
Jay-Z argued that even if the Africa-American unemployment rate is at an all-time low, it is not okay for the president to say racist remarks about his own people.
The President Strikes Back
Trump, as expected, did not let the criticism go without a response through his favorite social media site, Twitter. His tweet was posted a few hours after Jay-Z's interview on CNN went on air.
Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2018