Rapper Kanye West doubled down on his support of President Donald Trump on Thursday night while talking with one of the president’s biggest critics: Jimmy Kimmel.
What did he say?
During a wide-ranging interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the musician discussed coming out in support of Trump, and the criticism he received as a result of his decision to do so.
“Just as a musician, African-American, guy out in Hollywood, all these different things, you know, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me,” West told Kimmel. “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.”
“[That] I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks, we’re supposed to have a monolithic thought,” he added. “We can only … be Democrats and all.”
The rapper told Kimmel that it took quite some time before he was able to have the “confidence to stand up” against those attempting to tell him what to do to think and don the Trump campaign’s trademark “Make America Great Again” red cap.
West was first spotted wearing the cap in April. The incident sparked widespread outrage on the internet, as well as with his fans.
Why did he finally decide to wear the cap?
The rapper explained that he finally up and decided to put on the cap “no matter what the consequences were,” because it was more representative and symbolic than anything else.
“What it represented to me is not about politics, because I’m not a politician like that,” he explained. “But it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said, in 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,” West added.
He concluded by telling Kimmel that if he were to allow that to happen, he wouldn’t be authentic anymore.
“[A]t that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye,” the rapper, who sometimes goes by “Yeezy,” otherwise known as “Ye” — added. “That’s what makes Ye.”
You can watch West’s full remarks on Trump and courage in the video below.