• Some highlights from this messy interview: “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. You know, my cousin is locked up for murder. I love him, he still did a bad thing but I still love him. As a musician, an African American guy in Hollywood, all these different things, everyone around me tried to pick my candidate for me. And they told me every time I said I liked Trump I couldn’t say it out loud or my career would be over, I’d get kicked out of the black community because blacks are only supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only be Democrats.”
• “I said it right before I went to the hospital and when I came out I had lost my confidence. The confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash. It took me a year and a half to have the confidence to stand up and put on the [Make America Great Again] hat no matter what the consequences were.”
• “What it represented to me was not about policies - it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt no matter what anybody said. You can’t bully me, liberals can’t bully me, the news can’t bully me because at that point if I’m afraid I’m no longer Ye. I actually quite enjoy when people are mad at me about certain things.”
• Jimmy Kimmel did not hold back and challenged Ye on his bullshit: “There are families being torn apart at the border of this country. There are literally families being torn apart as a result of what this president is doing. Whether we like his personality or not, his actions are what matter. You so famously, and so powerfully said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” What makes you think that Donald Trump does or any people at all?”
• Ye, with his arms crossed, was completely silent for a few seconds before Jimmy Kimmel cut to a commercial break.