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Kanye West has been outspoken about his support for Donald Trump, but was notably stumped when Jimmy Kimmel asked him why he thinks the president cares about black people during a recent interview to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Weeks after being asked the question by Kimmel, the rapper offered up an answer while visiting WGCI 107.5 Radio in Chicago on Wednesday. “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.
“He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us. He wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community,” the rapper continued. “So, it’s something he’s going to work towards, but we’re gonna have to speak to him.”
Kimmel addressed West’s silence to the question in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I think Kanye is kind of in a perpetual state of being interviewed and he shares his thoughts constantly. So the idea that he needed to come up with the answer right there on the spot isn’t necessarily something I agree with,” said the late-night host. “I felt that his silence answered the question in some ways.”
During the radio interview, West also reflected on his comments suggesting that slavery “sounds like a choice” during a visit on TMZ Live. “I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel,” he said. “I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment.”
Saying he didn’t want to “over-intellectualize” the comment, West spoke directly to his fans: “This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people are … I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health.”
West, who had also opened up about his bipolar diagnosis on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, thanked the radio program for allowing him to comment on the controversial moments. “I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through,” he said.
Watch West’s visit to WGCI 107.5 Radio below.
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