In a Thursday night interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, rapper Kanye West touched on a variety of topics, including his support for President Donald Trump.
“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,” the rapper said when Kimmel asked him about his support for Trump. “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, like, we can only be Democrats and all.”
West said he didn’t have the confidence to speak up about his opinions for over a year — but that now he’ll no longer be bullied into silence.
“I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash and it took me a year-and-a-half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat no matter what the consequences were,” he said. “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.’ Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me, the hip-hop community — they can’t bully me.”
At least one person was a fan of West’s interview.
The president himself took to Twitter on Friday and wrote, “Thank you to Kanye West and the fact that he is willing to tell the TRUTH. One new and great FACT — African-American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honored by this. Thank you Kanye for your support. It is making a big difference!”
Thank you to Kanye West and the fact that he is willing to tell the TRUTH. One new and great FACT – African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honored by this. Thank you Kanye for your support. It is making a big difference!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2018
Check out West’s interview about Trump with Jimmy Kimmel below: