- Donald Trump and Kanye West‘s budding internet bromance has inspired controversy and speculation.
- The two share one major trait in regards to their daily habits.
- Both the president and the rapper reportedly don’t read many books.
Donald Trump and Kanye West have embarked on a Twitter bromance for the ages.
The rap artist took to social media to declare his love for Trump, adding that they both have “dragon energy” – referring to what Business Insider’s Shana Lebowitz described as a “metaphor often used in Taoist magic.” Trump returned the favor by thanking West for “performing a great service to the black community.”
West’s embrace of the president and conservative commentator Candace Owens has sparked controversy amongst the rapper’s fans. He also shocked fans by showing up at TMZLive with Owens and saying, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years – for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all … It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”
But Trump and West don’t just have “dragon energy” and a penchant for controversial statements in common. They also share a striking similarity when it comes to the world of literature. They both reportedly don’t really prioritize reading books.
That sets the president and the rapper apart from many successful bibliophiles, from Oprah to Bill Gates.
Back in 2016, Megyn Kelly pressed the then-presidential candidate to name his favorite book besides the Bible or his own ghost-written, best-selling work, “The Art of the Deal.” He picked “All Quiet on the Western Front,” and has called the 1929 novel “one of the greatest books of all time.”
However, when asked to name the last book he read, Trump went on to say, “I read passages, I read areas, chapters, I don’t have the time,” according to the New Republic. On the campaign trail, he made it clear that he had no time for studying previous presidents, telling the Washington Post, “I’m always busy doing a lot. Now I’m more busy, I guess, than ever before.”
Trump’s lack of interest in reading has led The Atlantic to label him as “the president who doesn’t read.”
“He didn’t process information in any conventional sense,” Michael Wolff wrote of the president in “Fire and Fury.” “He didn’t read. He didn’t really even skim. Some believed that for all practical purposes he was no more than semiliterate.”
And, while Yeezy may be the co-author of “Thank You and You’re Welcome,” he previously said that he typically stays away from books – especially those of the fictional variety. In fact, he said he found novels “self-absorbed” as a rule.
“Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed,” he told Reuters in 2009. “I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life.”
Nonetheless, West is reportedly working on a philosophy book, the Washington Post reported.