The 41-year-old rapper turned up at the New York office of The Fader rocking both a “redesigned” MAGA hat and a sweatshirt with the controversial football player’s name printed across the chest on Thursday morning.
It’s an ensemble that most people wouldn’t dare put together, especially since the messages represented by both men run completely counter to one another.
Kaepernick rose to prominence in 2016 after he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in America. Trump has called any player who kneels during the anthem a “son of a b-tch,” claiming that, contrary to what the players say, they are actually showing disrespect for the American flag and those who have fought under it.
Despite, the animosity the two men, and their supporters, may have for one another, West hasn’t hidden his affection for either.
Much has been made about his support of “dragon energy” brother Trump, but the rapper was also quick to applaud Nike for making Kaepernick the new face of their latest “Just Do It” campaign earlier this month.
“I stand for giving everyone a voice,” he tweeted. “Adidas giving me a voice and Nike giving Colin voice on a big business level makes the world a more advanced place.”
Of course, Kanye told the crowd at the magazine that his hat, which he called “the elephant in the room,” wasn’t just any old MAGA hat. He redesigned it.
“But it’s my hat, I redesigned it,” he said in a video posted to Twitter. “I changed the brim, I mean I changed the shape right here and I put positive energy into the hat.”