"Thank you to Kanye West and the fact that he is willing to tell the TRUTH," Trump wrote. "One new and great FACT - African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honored by this. Thank you Kanye for your support. It is making a big difference!"
Kanye, who has been an open supporter of Trump, told Kimmel that he hoped that more people would approach the president with "love" not hatred. In addition, the "Yikes" singer explained that after his 2016 hospitalization, he at first "didn't have the confidence" to take on the "possible backlash" for supporting Trump by wearing a MAGA hat. He also spoke about his concern regarding being a Trump supporter in a black community.
"It's funny, in this world that we live in, there's two main motivating forces -- and I tweet about it all the time -- it's love or fear, and you can't explain love," Kanye said. "My cousin is locked up for murder, and I love him and so he did a bad thing, but I still love him."
"And just as a musician, African-American guy out in Hollywood, all these different things, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me and then told me every time I said I liked Trump that I couldn't say it out loud or my career would be over, I'd get kicked out the black community, because blacks, we're supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only be Democrats," he continued.
"It took me a year and a half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the hat, no matter what the consequences were and what it represented to me –- it's not about policies 'cause I'm not a politician like that -- but it 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," he went on. "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."
However, Kimmel stumped Kanye when he responded to the hip hop star's hope that people approach Trump with "love" not hatred.
"I think that's a beautiful thought, but in literal terms, there are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing," said Kimmel. "I think that we cannot forget that whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter. You've 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?"
As he paused to think of the correct response, Kimmel interrupted, saying, "Why don't we take a break." When they returned, they didn't address the question again.
Thank you to Kanye West and the fact that he is willing to tell the TRUTH. One new and great FACT - African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honored by this. Thank you Kanye for your support. It is making a big difference!
I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history. Now I'm pushing for prison reform to give people who have paid their debt to society a second chance. I will never stop fighting for ALL Americans!