10:15am PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Jimmy Kimmel Says Voices in Kanye West's Head "Are Starting to Talk Sense" as Rapper Steps Away From Politics
Jimmy Kimmel discussed Kanye West's announcement that he is stepping away from politics on Tuesday's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The musician informed his Twitter followers about his decision Tuesday. "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in," he tweeted. "I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!"
"Now the president doesn't even have Kanye anymore," Kimmel told his audience before sharing the tweet.
The host added, “Finally, the voices in his head are starting to talk sense.”
"And if there are any black celebrities out there who would like to be the president's only African-American supporter, that position is now officially open," he said.
West has been outspoken about his support of Trump in the past and even visited the White House to speak about the Music Modernization Act with the president earlier this month.
The rapper previously defended his support of the president in August while visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Just as a musician, African American, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me and then told me that I couldn't say that I like Trump," West said during the interview.
He criticized the idea that "blacks can only be Democrats" and said that he "lost his confidence" to speak out about his political beliefs as a result of a 2016 hospitalization. "If I'm afraid to be me, then I'm not 'Ye, that's what makes me 'Ye. I enjoy when people are mad at me about certain things."
During the interview, Kimmel reminded West that he once said that "George Bush doesn't care about black people." The host asked, "What makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all?" West did not immediately answer the question.
He later answered the question during an interview on WGCI 107.5 Radio in Chicago. "I feel that he cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this," said West.