The rapper appeared on Kimmel's talk show this week
Kanye West has taken to Twitter to deny being ‘stumped’ by a question from Jimmy Kimmel earlier this week.
The ‘Ye’ star was seemingly stunned into silence during the August 9 interview, and failed to answer Kimmel as he questioned whether Kanye’s support of US President Donald Trump was at odds with his infamous criticism of George W. Bush’s Presidency.
“Whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter. You so famously and so powerfully said ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’,” Kimmel told West. “It makes me wonder, what makes you think that Donald Trump does?” Kanye was left mulling over his answer, with Kimmel eventually taking the show to a commercial break before he had the opportunity to respond. Donald Trump later thanked Kanye for his show of support on Kimmel.
Now, Kanye has taken to Twitter to dispute claims that he was left ‘stumped’ by the question. “On Jimmy Kimmel we had a great time having a dialogue,” he writes. “I’m reading that I was stumped by a question. Let me clarify the click bait. I wasn’t stumped. I wasn’t given a chance to answer the question.”
Kanye continues: “The question was so important I took time to think. And then I was hit with the let’s go to commercial break. That interview showed strong personalities with different opinions having a civil conversation.”
He confirmed that there was no ill feeling about the incident, though: “I was so happy when I saw Jimmy walk out in the Yeezys. That was an olive branch. He lead with love. I appreciate Jimmy and his team. You guys are Jedi’s. much love”
Elsewhere in the Kimmel interview, West spoke more about his endorsement of Trump and the reaction to it. “As a musician, African American, a 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, or I’d get kicked out the black community,” he said. “Because blacks are supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only be democrats.”
He continued to discuss the issue, reminding Kimmel that he had given Trump his support in the past too. “I said it right before I went to the hospital and I expressed myself, and when I came out I had lost my confidence so I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the backlash,” he explained. “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.
“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, 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,” he said.
“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 are mad at me about certain things.”
The pair also discussed the rapper’s comments about slavery being a “choice”. “What was awesome is the world got to really experience someone in a ramped-up state”, he said. “And that’s when you get these comments that just shoot out, almost like Tourette’s.”