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‘The absence of thought’: TMZ journalist slams Kanye West to his face for saying slavery was ‘a choice’

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Van from the TMZ newsroom and Kanye West, composite image.

Controversial musician Kayne West joined TMZ Newsroom to try and rehabilitate his image after his tweetstorm praising President Donald Trump.

Harvey Levin asked West, who is married to Kim Kardishan, about the message he was trying to send by donning a “Make America Great Again” hat in support of President Trump.

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989227154993963009

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“It was really just my subconscious, it was a feeling I had,” West explained. “I just love Trump, that’s my boy.”

West expounded on his support for Trump by suggesting forced slavery is a conspiracy theory and that in practice, it was a choice by blacks.

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” West argued. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all?”

Not everyone was impressed with West continuing to defend Trump.

“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” shouted Van Lathan, from the TMZ newsroom, as he stood up. “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought.”

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“The rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” he reminded. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice.”

“Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled,” Lathan continued. “And brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.”

“Bro, you got to be responsible man,” he lectured the superstar.

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Former federal prosecutor says judge could void Trump’s pardon for Flynn — here’s how

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Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner responded to President Donald Trump's pardon of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn by saying that it's entirely possible that the judge in Flynn's case could nullify the pardon.

"Just as Judge Emmet Sullivan refused to grant Barr’s corrupt motion to dismiss, I hope Judge [Emmet] Sullivan sets a hearing on whether this pardon is corrupt & hence illegal/void," said Kirschner.

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Civil Rights attorney Andrew Laufer agreed, saying that he too wants to see how Judge Sullivan deals with the development.

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Nicolle Wallace bashes ‘two-bit criminal’ Trump for ‘skivvy’ tweet pardoning Michael Flynn

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