In an Oval Office meeting that took place on Jan. 11, President Trump reportedly told senators, “Why do we want all these people from sh*thole countries coming here?” Trump allegedly made these comments after declining an bipartisan immigration deal that potentially would have protected DACA participants.
Trump’s comments deeming African and Haitian nations sparked a tremendous amount of outrange and disapproving feedback from the public and media. Hip hop artist Jay-Z addressed the situation to CNN late last night on the Van Jones Show. In the interview with Van Jones, Jay-z slammed President Trump for his directed comment on “sh*thole countries” and continued on to touch base on a variety of other similar topics that are relevant to America today.
“Trump’s comments expose a larger problem of racism in this country and the way that people still talk behind closed doors.”
Although it is evident that Jay-Z displays a high disapproval for our recently elected president, he meticulously proclaimed his reasoning in formally addressing Trump’s hinted racism through his words and actions. Jay-Z said, “You don’t take care of the problem (referring to Trump). You don’t take the the trash out. You keep spraying whatever over it to make it acceptable. As those things grow, you create a superbug. Then now we have Donald Trump, the superbug.”
Jay-Z also publicly took into consideration on the show the issue of similarly-used language throughout America and the world. Jay-Z said, “This has been going on. This is how people talk. This is how they talk behind closed doors.” Continuing the discussion, Jay-z was also asked by Jones if Trump’s lack of consideration for his profound usage of ignorant language is acceptable because he puts money in our pockets, thus in the light of African-American unemployment dropping. Jay-Z rejected this question with a discreet no, explaining his reasoning, “It’s not about money at the end of the day. Money doesn’t equate to happiness. It doesn’t. That’s missing the whole point.”
Towards the end of the interview, Jay-Z further touched based on Trump’s behavior that could be due to an underlying problem of the president’s background and past. “Donald Trump is a human being, too,” the hip hop artist added jokingly. “Somewhere along his lineage, something happened to him, and he’s in pain and he’s expressing it in this sort of way.”
Jones lastly discussed his past visits to the White House during Obama’s presidency. Jay-Z stated he does not believe Trump will be inviting him during his term.