Kanye West made his big return appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Thursday night and of course the big question was all about Donald Trump.
The rapper has created waves of controversy with his outspoke support for the U.S. president, along with other comments he made about race and slavery in recent months.
Kimmel didn’t beat around the bush, asking him about the election and why he would support Trump.
“Just as a musician, African American, 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, I’d get kicked out of the black community,” West said.
“So, even when I said it right before I went to the hospital and I expressed myself… When I came out I had lost my confidence,” he continued. “So I didn’t have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash. 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.”
When Kimmel brought up West’s famous statement that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” and poses the question of why he thinks “Donald Trump would care about black people,” West remained silent until the host cut to commercial.
Trump acknowledged Yeezy on Twitter, thanking him for his support.