Kanye West was a special guest on Thursday night’s (August 9) episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he opened up about a bevy of topics, including his controversial political views. One question left ‘Ye uncharacteristically speechless.
As Kimmel was pressing him about his support for Donald Trump, he scoffed at the notion all black people should have “monolithic” thoughts and can only vote democrat.
“Just as a musician, African-American guy out in Hollywood – all these different things, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me and then told me every time I said I liked Trump that I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over, I’d get kicked out (of) the black community, because blacks, we’re supposed to have a monolithic thought – we can only be Democrats,” he said.
Kimmel challenged West with, “There are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing, and I think that we cannot forget that whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter.
“You’ve so famously and so powerfully said ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people,’ it makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all?”
West’s face suddenly goes blank and he didn’t have an answer for that. After a few brief moments of awkward silence, Kimmel interjected and said, “Why don’t we take a break? We’ll come back.”
After the commercials, ‘Ye never had a chance to answer the question.
Elsewhere in the interview, ‘Ye defended his blatant support of Trump and said his 2016 hospitalization gave him the courage to put on the MAGA hat.
“I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and possible backlash,” he explained. “It took me a year and a half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat, no matter what the consequences were and what it represented to me — it’s not about policies ’cause I’m not a politician like that.
“But it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt no matter what anyone said and saying you can’t bully me, liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the Hip Hop community, they can’t bully me. Because at that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer ‘Ye. That’s what makes Ye. And I actually quite enjoy when people actually are mad at me about certain things.”
Watch the full segment above.