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Kanye West appears speechless when asked if Donald Trump cares about black people on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 2018-08-10 Sean Morrison
Jimmy Kimmel asked Kanye why he supported Mr Trump (ABC/Jimmy Kimmel Live) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Jimmy Kimmel asked Kanye why he supported Mr Trump (ABC/Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Kanye West appeared to be left speechless when asked during an explosive television interview if Donald Trump cared about black people.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the rapper explained his support for the US President after he sparked a row when he controversially declared Mr Trump his “brother”.

Discussing Kanye’s famous line: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”, host Kimmel asked the chart-topping artist why he thought differently of Mr Trump.

Just before an ad break during the bombshell interview on Thursday night, Kimmel said: “You [Kanye] so famously and so powerfully said ‘George Bush doesn’t care about black people’, it makes me wonder: what makes you think that Donald Trump does [care], or [care] about any people at all?”

Kanye then pauses for thought for several seconds before smiling when Kimmel adds: “Why don’t we take a break and we’ll come back”.

The pair didn't speak about the issue again during the episode.

Speaking earlier in the show about his fashion label Yeezy, the rapper was asked if he would consider designing the costumes for Mr Trump’s so-called ‘Space Force’.

He replied: “I am in to designing”.

Asked if he was worried about his wife being left alone with Mr Trump in the oval office to discuss a pardon for a first-time drug offender, Kanye said: “well he is a player”.

The row over his support for Mr Trump first erupted when the celebrity earlier this year tweeted: "You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy.

"He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought."

John Legend appeared to respond to Kanye’s tweets, declaring that “artists can’t be blind to the truth.”

Legend seemed to reference West’s tweet about not “agreeing” with everything Trump does on his own social media account.

He said: “I imagine there's some comfort in imagining a future without racism and projecting that onto the present. Thinking if we just deny the truth, it doesn't exist. If history is erased, we don't have to deal with its consequences.

“However, far too many people don't have the luxury of closing their eyes and ears. They feel it in their lives and can't act like what they see and know doesn't exist.

“They know their family was destroyed by deportation or incarceration. They know their loved one was denied safe harbour because of their religion. They know their son or daughter was shot because their skin colour evoked fear.”

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