Rapper, Kanye West, has made a name for himself as a sometimes brash pop culture icon, unafraid to speak his mind. But a question from talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, on Thursday left the rapper at a loss for words.
In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” West seemed to dance around directly addressing criticisms of his vocal support for President Donald Trump.
West’s most direct form of addressing the controversy around his political views came in the manner of expressing frustration with being told supporting Trump could damage his career and that black voters should support Democrats.
Watch the video below, via ABC:
“One of the things I think that got missed on TMZ is the main thing I was stressing was the idea of trying love,” West said of the off-the-rails May interview that went viral.
“When I see people just even go at the president, it’s like, why not try love? For one person to stand up against all odds and just hug somebody the way that Alice Johnson hugged her family when she got out of jail. That 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.”
Kimmel countered West’s vague statements on love by pushing him to directly address one of Trump’s most controversial moves since taking office.
“I think that’s a beautiful thought, but in literal terms, there are families being torn apart at the border of this country,” Kimmel said. “There are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing and I think that we cannot forget that. Whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter.”
“I mean, you so famously and so powerfully said George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” he added. “It makes me wonder, what makes you think that Donald Trump does — or any people at all?”
With his arms crossed and eyes drifting towards the ceiling, West sat in stunned silence while pondering Kimmel’s question. Seemingly knowing that no answer was coming, Kimmel cut to commercial before returning to interview West on a less contentious topic.