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.
Kimmel also asked about West’s wife Kim Kardashian going to meet with Trump to advocate for the release of Alice Marie Johnson from prison.
“Well she’s super passionate about it, and it was amazing for her to see that dream come true,” West responded.
“Were you ever concerned about her being alone in the Oval Office with President Trump?” Kimmel asked.
“Well, he is a player,” West joked.
At one point the conversation also turned to the issue of mental illness and West being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
“I think it’s important for us to have open conversations about mental health—especially with me being black,” the rapper said. “Because we never had therapists in the black community. We never approached taking a medication.”
“I think it’s good that when I had my first complete blackout at age 5, my mom didn’t fully medicate me,” he continued. “Because I might have never been ‘Ye. And there’s times where at least I’m happy that I know [I’m bipolar.] Like even like for this interview, I knew I wanted to stay in a calm state.”