Anna Sheffer
August 10, 2018 8:51 am

In April, after a long social media hiatus, Kanye West returned to Twitter. And the musician began stirring controversy almost immediately by declaring his support for President Donald Trump. In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on August 9th, West defended his support of Trump…but couldn’t answer one very important question.

As The New York Times reported, when Jimmy Kimmel asked West if he thought Trump was a good president, the rapper said that he didn’t approve of all of Trump’s political policies, but he refuses to be swayed into thinking or believing what he’s “supposed to” believe in—whether as an artist, black man, or member of the traditionally liberal entertainment industry. He said that as a black celebrity, he felt like he was expected to be a Democrat and added that some told him supporting Trump would end his career and cause him to be shunned by other black Americans.

"What it represented to me is not about policies, because I’m not a politician like that," West admitted. "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, they can’t bully me.'"

The rapper then spoke about embracing Trump with love rather than hate. But Kimmel, while acknowledging this was a “beautiful thought,” pointed out that it ignores the very real consequences of the president’s policies.

"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," Kimmel said. "I mean, you so famously and so powerfully said, 'George [W.] Bush doesn't care about black people.' It makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does—or any people at all?"

West struggled to come up with an answer, and the show ultimately cut to a commercial break before he was able to find a valid reason.

On Saturday, July 11th, Kanye addressed the moment on Twitter, insisting he wasn’t “stumped” by Kimmel’s question.

Kimmel also weighed in.

That’s fine, but…Kanye still hasn’t answered the question.

Regardless of what Kanye—or anyone—says or believes, the facts are clear: Trump often uses racist rhetoric, his administration is rolling back affirmative action policies, and he panders to the white supremacist alt-right. Let’s not get distracted by what certain celebrities think or say, and instead remember to vote in the November midterms and make our voices heard.

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