Rapper Kanye West doubled down on his support of President Donald Trump on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night, declaring “liberals can’t bully me.”
West opened up about the backlash he experienced for being a black Trump supporter in Hollywood.
“Just as a musician, African-American, guy out in Hollywood, all these different things, you know, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me,” West said. "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 and all.”
Watch the interview below:
After initially meeting with Trump in 2016, West said it took him a long time to overcome the backlash and put on his MAGA hat, both literally and figuratively.
“It took me a year and a half have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat no matter what the consequences were,” he added. “And what it represented to me is not about policies because I’m not a politician like that, but it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said, in saying, you can’t bully me.”
He then sent a message directly to liberals.
“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,” the rapper concluded.
The entire time, Kimmel and the entire audience listened in near-silence.