Kid Cudi has had an incredible 2020, just outside of the music realm. He appeared in Bill & Ted Face the Music and is now one of the stars of Oscar-winning Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino‘s HBO series We Are Who We Are. Cudi plays Richard Poythress, a member of the United States military who has a close-knit relationship with his daughter, but who was also revealed to be a supporter of Donald Trump in the show’s second episode.
In a recent interview with Esquire, he talked about his initial concerns with the character and clarified that he does not support the current President going into the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. “I read the scripts and at first I was taken aback, because I have my beliefs,” Kid Cudi detailed. “I’m not a Trump supporter. I don’t know if the world knows that, but I was just really concerned about what people may think.” During the scene, Cudi’s character and his daughter Caitlin, played by Jordan Kristine Seamón, get a package in the mail — two Make America Great Again hats. They try the red MAGA pieces on for size and look in the mirror.
“That’s what really made me understand the moment a little bit more. It wasn’t about the hat, necessarily,” Cudi said. “That’s what made me fall in love with this character: he has this bond with his daughter.” When clarifying his political beliefs, the actor and musician continued, “I thought some people would be foolish about it and be like, ‘Oh, he must’ve talked to Kanye‘ or ‘Kanye must’ve got to him’ or some sh*t like that… I think he knows where I stand and I think he doesn’t bring it up to me. We just don’t talk about it,” he continued. “I totally disagree with it; I think he knows that. And if he doesn’t know, he knows now.”
Kanye is still running for President as the nominee of his Birthday Party, but has struggled to get on a number of states’ ballots by missing crucial deadlines. He’s also facing potential election fraud investigations for forging signatures needed to be legally be on those ballots. Kanye has also admitted to running as a spoiler candidate in an effort to take votes away from Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
But Kanye’s controversial political views, past support of Donald Trump and current collaborations with the Republican nominee for President haven’t completely gotten in the way of Kid Cudi and Kanye West‘s friendship or status as collaborators. “That’s my brother. I’ll go on record: that’s my brother,” Cudi said. “I love him. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to agree with everything he f*cking says and he fucking does, you know?” The two are still planning their Kids See Ghosts sequel alongside an animated show directed by Takashi Murakami. He’s also working on his next album Entergalactic with a Kenya Barris helmed Netflix series.