Kanye West defends his Trump-love: ‘Liberals can’t bully me, news can’t bully me’

Donald Trump and Kanye West Meet at Trump Towers

In 2013, Kanye West did a rather uncomfortable interview with the BBC. The interview went viral for all of the crazy stuff Yeezy said, and Jimmy Kimmel did a “spoof” of it, where he had children read from the exact transcript of the interview. Kanye got SO MAD. That was the moment when Kanye went on a caps-lock rant about Kimmel being unfunny and #NoDisrespectToBenAffleck became a thing. A few weeks later, Kanye and Jimmy made up when Kanye appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Well, I say “made up,” but you could tell that Kanye still felt like Kimmel wronged him and all of that. I wouldn’t say that Kanye and Jimmy have been feuding ever since, but there’s been ~tension~.

Well, Kanye agreed to sit down with Kimmel again. Kimmel has been promoting the interview constantly, just hyping the hell out of it. Here’s the full interview.

Around the 2:30-minute mark, they talk about Kim’s visit to the Oval Office, and Kimmel asks Ye if he was concerned about Kim being alone with Donald Trump. Kanye laughs and says, “Well, he is a player.” Er… Trump has been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting dozens of women. That doesn’t make him a player, it makes him an abuser and a misogynist. After that, Kimmel just dives in and asks Kanye about his Trump-love (around the 3:40-mark) and Kanye went on and on about how people were trying to tell him how to think and who to vote for:

“Just as a musician, African American, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me. And then told me every time I said liked Trump that I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over,” West said. “I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks, we are supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only be Democrats and all.” He added that as a result of his hospitalization in 2016 he “lost his confidence” and it took him a year and a half to say what he truly felt. “If I’m afraid to be me, then I’m not Ye, that’s what makes me Ye. I enjoy when people are mad at me about certain things… It represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said…Liberals can’t bully me; news can’t bully me; the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me. Because at that point, if I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye. And I actually quite enjoy when people actually are mad at me about certain things.”

[From The Washington Post and THR]

He goes on and on about how there’s not a class that teaches you how to balance a checkbook (YES THERE IS) and there’s isn’t a class about the future (JADEN SMITH DID IT FIRST) and something about Galileo and how we need to “advance as a race of beings.” I can’t.

Anyway, just skip along to the 10-minute mark, because that’s when Kanye starts talking about how we should not “hate” Donald Trump, we should try loving him. Kimmel challenges him on that, by reminding Kanye that Trump is literally tearing families apart at the border. Kimmel then challenged Kanye to remember what he said at the Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005, when Kanye said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Kimmel asked Kanye if thinks Donald Trump would care about black people. Kanye sits there silently, in thought, and then Kimmel breaks for a commercial. And that’s where I stopped watching.

Donald Trump and Kanye West Meet at Trump Towers

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  1. Jenni says:

    Oh shut up Kanye you loser

    • Aaliyah says:

      Apart from being incredibly under informed, I get the feeling that Kanye isn’t regularly challenged in his day to day interactions. I also think that he might actually be the *smartest* person in the rooms he frequents. That Galileo anecdote was very telling.

      • Raina says:

        I wouldn’t be worried about Liberals bullying you. I’d be more concerned that mental illness is kicking the crap out of you. And astounding ignorance. I actually would expect someone like Kanye to like someone like Trump. It would almost feel weird if he didn’t.
        Honestly, seek help, Kanye. No snark. Something is so wrong above and beyond it just being a shyty personality thing.

      • Leigh-Klein says:

        Well Aaliyah, he IS married to a Kardashian after all, who thinks her “high IQ” lies in make-up application. Remember that? So maybe they’re well matched after all. Their children are beautiful but I feel sorry for them.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      He did shut up after Kimmel laid out the facts. His mind was so blown, he couldn’t process it.

      Ye, if your point only sounds good when you shout it into an abyss that doesn’t respond, then you don’t have a good point!

  2. grabbyhands says:


    And take your Nazi sympathizer wife and her horrible family with you. Jaysus.

  3. Elkie says:

    “Liberals” made the difference between the world shrugging at your mixed-race marriage to Kim, and Emmett Till being beaten and shot to death for flirting with a white woman, but whatevs…

    • Snazzy says:

      Exactly this

    • whatWHAT? says:

      he so f*cking ignorant on stuff like this.

      I agree with all of you…STFU, “Ye”. you’re not as smart, profound or popular as you think you are. it has nothing to do with “you’re black so you have to vote for a dem” it’s “you’re black so you shouldn’t vote for a white supremacist/Nazi.”

      YOU DUMB F*CK.

    • LahdidahBaby says:

      There it is, Elkie. Exactly. Thank you.

    • holly hobby says:

      That is exactly the point. If the Kartrashians lived in the deep South during the 60′s they would have been punished for miscegenation.

      The “liberals” were the only ones between them and those racists lunatics.

    • Raina says:

      Elkie, wonderful point. Pithy and accurate.

    • Just as an aside, that white woman lied about Emmit Till. He didn’t do anything to her. She’s still alive and admitted she lied.

      • historybuff says:

        And women like that are why men claim to deserve the benefit of the doubt in MeToo cases.

      • Masamf says:

        Really @historybuff? You wanna equate rape/sexual harassment with racism and lynching of brown people?

      • historybuff says:

        The principle is the same. Till lost his life because of a lie in a racist, non-law-respecting environment. The stakes (careers, reputations, etc.) are less now, and racism isn’t (necessarily) part of the equation, but respecting the rule of law is still important.

      • Sojaschnitzel says:

        I’m with historybuff on this one. In dubio pro reo.

  4. minx says:

    Ugh, stop.

  5. Jane says:

    The delusion is strong with this one…

  6. elisabeth says:

    there is only one on planet Kanye

  7. Lightpurple says:

    So, he’s off his meds because “that’s what make Ye.”

    My thoughts and concerns are with the three children that he and his wife selfishly and stupidly brought into a home of untreated mental illness.

  8. Rapunzel says:

    Dear Kanye (and all Trump Lovers):

    Liberals criticizing you for loving Trump is not bullying. It’s pointing out your stupidity in an attempt to save you from yourself.

    Bullying is calling someone “rocket man” “pocahontas” or “crooked Hillary”.

    In other words, you are supporting the bully, and it is not bullying to call you out on that.

    Everyone sick of your nonsense

    • Laura says:

      Yes! This! That’s what I came here to say, too. It’s so convenient to just label it as bullying.

  9. Honey says:

    He is one of those people who are contrarian just for the sake of it. Just thoughtless but thinks he’s deep and everyone else sheep.

  10. BlueSky says:

    Another useful idiot for the alt right.

  11. Mrs. G says:

    I stopped supporting him a long time ago.

  12. Beth says:

    Get lost and get a clue, Ye. I’ve never been a fan of his, but it must be tough for his fans to see their icon be so idiotic

  13. Iknow says:

    It’s as if because Beyonce and Jay-z have embraced Progressives and Democratic politics that he wants to do the opposite. Plus, the Obamas embrace of the Knowles-Carter clan. That’s the only rational thought I can come up with to explain how a man who boldly said what most black people were thinking on live tv almost 13 years ago (George Bush doesn’t care about black people) and this bafoonary.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I agree with this assessment.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yep. He has not been handling that breakup well, at all.

    • Kitten says:

      Good call. Honestly, I never put two and two together. Just sad if that’s his motivation. I love some of Kanye’s music but he is not Jay Z and he never will be.
      And I’m not even trying to compare Kim and Bey–for obvious reasons.

  14. Chaine says:

    Jaden should intern for Kanye, they would be perfect together.

  15. Carol says:

    Just another example of why education is so important.

  16. jwoolman says:

    I don’t know why anybody expects Kanye to know anything about politics. He doesn’t even know his own family’s history. He has never shown much real curiosity about the rest of the world and like Trump revels in his own ignorance, convinced that he is a genius and every word he says is golden.

    Kanye has native intelligence and definite talent for certain things, but he slips into mania so easily that it doesn’t help him much. But even without the mania, he’s limited by other aspects of his grandiose personality. People just need to stop listening to him on things he knows nothing about.

  17. Kaz says:

    I’m tired of people bringing up his mental illness as a reason that he supports Trump as if everybody with mental illness supports Trump. The truth is that he’s selfish and an attention whore. Also he said it himself, he loves pissing people off. He doesn’t care about real-world people, he just cares about attention.

  18. Jen says:

    I just wish he and his wife and their whole family would go away and stop getting all this attention. Between his “slavery is a choice” her homophobic comments just last week, and both of their defenses of the president, I’m so over them.

    • Neelyo says:

      Uh oh I missed her homophobic comments, what did she say?

      Never mind, found it. She’s terrible and stupid, no shock.

      • Elizabeth Rose says:

        Umm are we just gonna ignore the body shaming that Beckford did to Kim to incite such a response? I take issue with the fact that the heat is placed on her. When you attack someone unwarranted, they fight back. Natural response. I actually find his comment much more distasteful and I am definitely no Kim apologist.

      • lovesot says:


        his bodyshaming wasn’t ok. her response wasn’t ok.

        both of them weren’t ok.

    • lovesot says:

      They both continue to have fans,

      and those are the people I TRULY hate. The people keeping them relevant or on talk shows or in the news.

      what the hell was Kanye even promoting? what was Kim last week promoting? oh and did you notice how PMK was on Fallon – why?

      they have their tentacles everywhere, its disgusting. only the stupidest humans are fans of the Kardashians and Kanye. I think it’s important to call them out in public to – to SHAME Kardashian fans. Thats the only way we’ll make them extinct.

      Shame is powerful and motivating.

  19. Trillion says:

    The key is in the statement that he likes it when people are mad. He just wants attention. And these days, all one needs to do to get clicks is say something outrageous -what easier and more explosive way to do that than to say you’re a Trump supporter?

  20. Janet says:

    Is he right that black people are all expected to vote the same way?

    • JennyJazzhands says:

      Do you think any entire race of people think the exact same thing about anything?

      • Janet says:

        For sure but the news always seems to think that almost all blacks vote the same way. I have never understood that it seems so odd to me. Almost like the Dens and the news assume all blacks will vote the same way like “if we get the black vote”. Like the news assumes they are all the same, think the same etc. So odd.

    • Veronica says:

      There’s definitely a vein of “black people who vote Republican are either rich and/or have internalized racism,” which is fallacious in the sense that plenty of Democrats are racist AF and fundamentally useless where minorities are concerned, but ah….Republicans are definitely doing the bulk of the devil’s work right now where racial tension is concerned in this country. And Kanye isn’t doing much to undermine the criticism of black (and more typically black *males*) who vote Republican are highly privileged and protected from impact of their policies.

      Key and Peele have a pretty biting skit about Republicans that kind of summarizes the criticism:

  21. Neners says:

    Oh, Kanye. You haven’t been bullied, you’ve been CANCELED.

  22. holly hobby says:

    Well he never answered Kimmel’s question because after the break they switched subjects. I hope he really reflects what Kimmel said because that Orange Nazi hasn’t done anything for minorities other than knighting his ils as American citizens (which I think they should not be sorry not sorry).

  23. Laura says:

    Bullying, of course, is a real and serious thing. But saying that the news is bullying you is pretty stupid. The news and the facts are there to Enlighten you. It makes me sad to think that an opposing Viewpoint with facts could be considered bullying. No doubt he is experiencing some harsh criticism and I’m sure it makes him feel bad. But somebody trying to convince you of the truth with fax is not bullying. So the next time I behave in a way that is completely inappropriate I will just tell everyone who’s trying to convince me to behave otherwise that they’re bullying me.

  24. Veronica says:

    “Conservatives” (a term I use loosely): *mock sexual assault victims, call slavery a choice, actively threaten and abuse teenage victims of school shooting, support Nazi rally in which woman was killed by white supremacist terrorist, harass people off Twitter, utilize racially charged language, are angry 24/7 despite controlling every part of government*

    Liberals: Y’all kinda f*cked up.


  25. lovesot says:


  26. Flan says:

    We can all stop buying your ‘music’ though.

  27. Prissa says:

    Kaiser – you pick the BEST pictures!!!!

  28. TW says:

    “Jackass” – forever POTUS Barack Obama

  29. bap says:

    Poor Kanye he needs PR.

  30. LoveBug says:

    Kanye seems to be incredibly ill informed, arrogant, ignorant out of touch rich prick,
    who’s narcissistic personality is as close to the Orange Nazi as one could get.
    No wonder he likes the Trump Dumpster.
    They are both angry idiots who care about themselves and nobody else.
    If they wouldn’t be so damaging to society and to many, many people, I would actually feel sorry for them, because being so miserable and angry regardless of wealth must be awful or they don’t care at all… who knows.

  31. NYCTYPE says:

    Not a day goes by that I don’t miss President Obama.
    Such a decent, thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate, kind human being.
    His wife, also intelligent, educated, gracious and lovely inside and out.
    Their daughters seem so well raised.
    Kanye is a narcissistic jerk, just like the Orange Nazi and look at their wives half naked most of the time, Kim made her name with a s$x tape and Melanie is a useless trophy wife. I’m so proud as a woman.

  32. me says:

    “Pick my candidate for me”….ummm Kanye you admitted you didn’t vote dude ! Why was he on Kimmel? What was he promoting? He always says “controversial” stuff and goes on “twitter rants” when he’s promoting something. Kim uses naked selfies and Kanye uses rants.