One of the most jarring events in recent Hollywood history has been the conversion of rapper Kanye West into a President Trump supporter — and a vocal one at that. As a black celebrity operating in a world of monolithic liberalism, his bravery in vocalizing a different set of beliefs continues to gain him widespread attention.
Kanye had a chance to be vocal again during a recent interview with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who is definitely not a Trump supporter.
“Do you think he is a good president?” Kimmel demanded.
During his lengthy answer, Kayne said, "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 and all.”
“I said it right before I went to the hospital,” he explained. “When I came out, I had lost my confidence. I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash. It took me a year-and-a-half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the [MAGA] hat, no matter what the consequences were.”
‘What it represented to me is not about policies — because I’m a politician like that — but it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt no matter what anyone said,” he continued. “And saying, ‘You can’t bully me.’ Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community can’t bully me, because if I’m afraid to be me, I’m not longer Ye.”
“I quite enjoy when people are mad at me about certain things,” he admitted.
“You must enjoy it,” Kimmel said, causing the audience to laugh after a very long silence.
The rapper also gave a suggestion to liberals, saying, "When I see people just even go at the president, it’s like, ‘Why not try love?’ For one person to stand up against all odds and just hug somebody the way that Alice Johnson hugged her family when she got out of jail.”
Kanye was referring to Trump’s commutation of a grandmother’s life sentence in jail. Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West worked closely with the president to make that happen and blew off critics angry that she would even work with Trump.
“One by one by one, we can defuse this nuclear bomb of hate that we’re in as a society by thinking of everyone as our family,” Kanye added.