Kanye West talks to Jimmy Kimmel (ABC)

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Kanye West Tells Jimmy Kimmel His Support for Trump is ‘Not About Policies’

“If I’m afraid to be me, I’m no longer Ye. That’s what makes Ye.”

Recording artist Kanye West told Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on the comedian’s late-night show Thursday that West’s support for the president isn’t related to Trump’s policies. He respects what the president symbolizes — as the New York Times calls it — “in the realm of spectacle.”

“Just as a musician, an African-American, a guy out in Hollywood, all these different things, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me,” West said. “And then told me every time I said I liked Trump, I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over, I’d be kicked out of the black community.”

“But [coming out and expressing support for the president] represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said. And saying, ‘You can’t bully me. Liberals can’t bully me; news can’t bully me; the hip-hop community, they can’t bully me.’”

Take a look at the clip below.