Three weeks and roughly 743 news cycles ago, Kanye West had a hard time defending his contradictory convictions.
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the musician-turned-MAGA chud sat in contemplative silence after the host asked why he thinks Donald Trump cares about black people. (As opposed to George W. Bush.) Kanye never responded. Eventually, he would claim he hadn’t been stumped by the question, but rather that Kimmel had cut him off before he could answer–as though addressing the question later in the episode would violate some arcane talk-show bylaw consecrated in Johnny Carson’s blood. Now that West has finally answered the question, though, it might have been better had he not.
The megaproducer, whose latest album could generously be described as “escapable,” appeared Wednesday morning on 107.5 WGCI Chicago to talk about a variety of issues. Among them, as Pitchfork reports, is that now-infamous Kimmel question. Here is the response West took three weeks to meditate on before finally delivering:
“I feel that [Trump] cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this. He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community. So it’s something he’s gonna work towards, but we’re gonna have to speak to him.”
So there you have it. Rather than address what Trump has actually done–emboldened racists, waged war against NFL players for protesting police brutality, consistently attacked black public figures such as John Lewis and Maxine Waters, touted West’s support as though it were something Trump had done for black people, and, oh yeah, the birther movement–West presents Trump’s mere eagerness to restore his reputation among rap fans as proof of where his heart lies. Perhaps the question at hand should no longer be whether Donald Trump cares about black people, but whether Kanye West does.