Kanye West stumped by Jimmy Kimmel's Donald Trump question

Lawrence Kim
August 10, 2018

Later, Kimmel asked West about his bipolar diagnosis, and if he feels it's part of what makes him "brilliant".

Kimmel then referred to critical comments West made about former President George W. Bush in 2005, following the US response to Hurricane Katrina devestating New Orleans. The segment follows an explosive interview with the rapper in May on TMZ, in which he sparked outrage after saying that 400 years of slavery "sounds like a choice".

Kanye West has a long (and somewhat absurd) history of declaring his love for President Donald Trump - the man who's appointment to the Oval Office played a huge role in reinvigorating white supremacists and racists across the country, leading to a sharp uptick in the incidents of hate crime.

West said it took him more than a year before he gained the "confidence to stand up" and publicly wear Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hat - which caused an uproar from many of his fans back in April.

West said he couldn't publicize his support for Trump "or my career would be over, I'd get kicked out of the black community".

But the jokes stopped when West brought up the backlash he faced when he threw his support behind Trump a few months ago. West gave his thoughts on music and fashion, his wife Kim Kardashian's trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with President Donald Trump, the two most significant motivating forces in the world, and overcoming fear. Kimmel then asked, to which West responded, "Well, he is a player".

"If I can't be me, I can't be Ye and I quite enjoy when people are mad at me about certain things", he said.

"What was insane was - I've never told this story before - so I'm presenting an award, and Kanye was nominated". Can I answer the first question you were going to ask me? "There are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing, and I think that we can not forget that whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter".

"Yeah, I think that's another one of those things, where people are like, 'How are you gonna talk about it?'" West replied.

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