The rap superstar was a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and it took until the halfway point of the interview for Kimmel to ask Kanye’s comments about Trump earlier this year.
After Kanye went on a particularly long tangent, Kimmel responded by saying, “I think that’s a beautiful thought, but just in literal terms, there are families being torn apart at the border of this country. There are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing and I think we can’t forget that, whether we like his personality or not. His actions are really what matter.”
Then Kimmel hit him with his own words: “You 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?”
Kanye West sat in silence for a few seconds, before Kimmel finally cut to commercial. The topic was never revisited.
He did briefly touch on the topic earlier in the interview, saying he overcame his fear of backlash when he put on the MAGA hat, saying, “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.”
Kanye drew a ton of backlash when he talked about supporting Donald Trump back in April and unleashed a fury of tweets defending himself.
“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother,” West wrote. “I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
He continued, “If your friend jumps off the bridge you don’t have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don’t tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary. I love Hillary too.”
Kanye West further explained he was politically agnostic, writing, “I love when people have their own ideas. You don’t have to be allowed anymore. Just be. Love who you want to love. That’s free thought. I’m not even political. I’m not a democrat or a republican.”
He (seemingly) concluded, “And also I’m all the way out the sunken place. And I’m not scared anymore. I’m not scared of the media. I’m not scared of the past and I’m optimistic about the future. This tweet is in love not fear.”