Everyone, Kanye West is trying this new thing: It’s called thinking before you speak.
The rapper, who is as well-known for his occasional social media rants and always-quotable interviews as he is for his musical genius, sought to clear something up on Twitter on Saturday.
A few days before, West had appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to apparently bury the hatchet in a years-long feud that most people probably forgot about.
During their on-air, hug-it-out session, Kimmel and West talked about topics including Yeezys, art school, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, being alone in the Oval Office with President Trump and West’s own politics. Of course, that’s when things got tricky. Although he claims to not have voted in the last presidential election, West has professed his support of fellow “dragon energy” wielder Donald Trump and has the MAGA hat to prove it. But just a week earlier, during her own appearance on Kimmel’s show, Kim said her husband isn’t “political” and doesn’t “dig deep” into policy.
Kimmel tested that theory Thursday when he asked West — who said Trump’s critics should “try love” and end divisiveness “by thinking of everyone as our family” — about the president’s actual policies.
“That’s a beautiful thought,” said Kimmel, before pointing out that families were being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of Trump’s immigration policies. “Whether we like his personality or not,” Kimmel continued, “his actions are really what matter.”
Then the late-night host dug even deeper: “You 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, or any people at all?”
West took a long pause. Kimmel threw to commercial break, and the rapper never ended up answering the question. The moment led most to believe that West was unable to confront his own contradictions.
The next day, Trump even thanked the rapper via Twitter for supporting him.
But West told a different story Saturday. His silence wasn’t because he was stumped or didn’t like the question: West was thinking and then got hit with the TV equivalent of a shot clock.
But instead of answering the “important” question he wasn’t given the opportunity to address on live air, West’s final tweet on the subject (for now) simply thanked the late-night show’s team, and shouted out his own shoe line. So, the world will have to wait for more clarity on that clickbait.