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.
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.
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.