Host Jimmy Kimmel questioned West about his unwavering support of U.S. President Donald Trump, wondering how that was possible considering West’s very public chastising of former president George W. Bush in 2005.
(During a Hurricane Katrina telethon, West flatly stated: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Comparatively, the hip-hop star has said Trump is his “brother” and that the pair shares the same “dragon energy.”)
Kimmel asked how West could possibly be on Team Trump considering his past points of view. At one point during the long interview, West went on a tear about why he supports the president.
“When I see people just even like go at the president, it’s like, why not try love … one by one by one, we can diffuse this nuclear bomb of hate of society by thinking of everyone as our family and how we treat our kids,” he said.
Kimmel kept pressing.
“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,” he said. “I mean, 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?”
The camera zoomed in on West’s face; the rapper sat flummoxed and silent. He said nothing, and to cut the awkwardness, the show went to commercial. When Kimmel returned, the pair moved on to new topics and didn’t revisit the issue of supporting Trump.
Twitter users wasted no time in airing their feelings about the interview.
It was West’s first appearance on Kimmel since 2013.
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