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‘Liberals Can’t Bully Me’: Kanye West Describes How He Built Up The Courage to Support Trump

While appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday, rapper Kanye West said he faced initial pushback over his support for President Donald Trump and took about a year and a half before regaining his confidence to take a strong stand.

“Just as a musician, African-American, guy out in Hollywood — you know, all these different things — everyone tried to pick my candidate for me,” he told the show’s host, Jimmy Kimmel.

He added that people told him he couldn’t express his support out loud or he would face the end of his career and “get kicked out” of the black community.

“It took me a year and a half to stand up and put on the hat,” he said, apparently referring to the “Make America Great Again” hat that prompted a rebuke from fellow rapper Snoop Dogg:

The move, West added, wasn’t so much about Trump’s policies. It was more about “overcoming fear and doing what you felt no matter 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.”


He also seemed to compare himself to “Galileo” in how he placed a controversial thought in public discourse.

In defending Trump, West asked his critics, “Why not try love? One by one by one, we can diffuse this nuclear bomb of hate that we’re in as a society by thinking of everyone as our family,” he added.

He was speechless, however, when Kimmel recalled how West said former President George W. Bush didn’t care about black people.

“Whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter,” Kimmel said. After mentioning family separations at the border, Kimmel asked what made West think that Trump cared about black people “or any people at all.”

Kimmel, as IJR has repeatedly reported, has criticized Trump’s administration and Republicans over a number of issues.

West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, appeared on Kimmel’s show at the end of last month after she successfully requested that Trump commute the life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug offender.

“You know, I’m very grateful and I’m very hopeful that more good things are gonna come out of our conversations,” she told Kimmel.

She added that “I have nothing bad to say about the president.” When West voiced his support for Trump, Kim defended him:

As IJR previously reported, other celebrities weren’t as supportive.

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