Well this was a first.
The usually outspoken Kanye West was at a loss for words when Jimmy Kimmel asked him Thursday night about his support for President Trump – and why he thought the president cared about African-Americans.
To be clear, Kimmel followed up with this question after West talked for almost 5 mins straight about why he supports the MAGA head master. Unfortunately Jimmy was still confused and pressed for clarity.
“There are families being torn apart at the border of this country,” Kimmel said. “Whether we like his personality or not, his actions are what matter. You so famously, and so powerfully said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ What makes you think that Donald Trump does — or any people at all?”
The 41-year-old hip-hop star said nothing as he glanced upward, arms folded, to nervous laughter from the audience.
“Why don’t we take a break,” Kimmel finally said.
Kimmel and Kanye sat down to talk about a wide range of topics but the late-night host made sure to also get the tough questions in … and we ain’t mad at him for it either. West STILL hasn’t given folks a clear understanding of why he effs with Trump, so slow clap to Jimmy for trying to finally solve the mystery.
Before the commercial break West — who has called the president his “brother” and said they shared the same “dragon energy” — insisted that he didn’t want to take the predictable route in backing a candidate.
“As a musician, African-American … everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me,” he said, suggesting there was a perception that “blacks can only be Democrats.”
“When I see people just even like go at the president, it’s like, ‘Why not try love?’ … One by one by one, we can diffuse this nuclear bomb of hate of society by thinking of everyone as our family and how we treat our kids,” he said.
“You know, it’s funny, in this world that we live in there’s two main motivating forces. I tweet about it all the time: love and fear. You can’t explain love,” he said.
“My cousin is locked up for murder. I love him, he still did a bad thing but I still love him. As a musician, an African-American guy on Hollywood, all these different things, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me,” West said.
“And they told me every time I said I liked Trump I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over, I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks are only supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only be Democrats.”
The “Fade” rapper also shared his thoughts on his wife Kim Kardashian‘s visit to the White House, where she lobbied Trump to grant a pardon to Alice Johnson.
Check out the full 11 minute interview below.
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