(CNSNews.com) - Bashed in some circles for his support of President Donald Trump, music mogul and successful fashion designer Kanye West told Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night that no one is going to bully him, and "I actually quite enjoy when people...are mad at me about certain things."
Kimmel asked West if he thinks Trump is a good president:
"It's funny, you know," Kanye responded:
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. You know, my cousin is locked up for murder. And I love him. 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, you know, 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 of the black community because blacks -- we're supposed to have a monolithic thought, we can only be Democrats and all.
So -- even when I said it right before I went to the hospital and I expressed myself, and when I came out I had lost my confidence. So I didn't have the confidence to take on the world and the possible backlash. And 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 is nothing about policies and stuff because I'm not a politician like that, but it represented overcoming fear and doing what you felt, no matter what anyone said, in 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. Because at that point, if I'm afraid to be me, I'm no longer ye. That's what makes ye. I actually quite enjoy when people actually are mad at me about certain things...I actually quite enjoy it.
Earlier this year, West was photographed wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat, and a week later, on May 1, he went on TMZ to explain his support for Donald Trump. He spoke about that TMZ appearance with Kimmel on Thursday:
"You know, one of the things I think gets missed on TMZ is the main thing I was stressing is the idea of trying love. You know, we're always, you know -- pushing out so much hate and love can cure so much. Just to think, am I moving in love? Is this out of love? Not out of pride. Pride is a word that people often say in a positive connotation, but it's actually one of the seven deadly sins. And it takes too much ownership. But you can replace pride with love," West said.
"And when I see people just even like go at the president, it's like, why not try love? For one person to stand up against all odds and just hug somebody the way that Alice Johnson hugged her family when she got out of jail. That, one by one by one, we can defuse this nuclear bomb of hate that we're in as a society by thinking of everyone as our family..."
Kimmel raised the liberal talking point that "families are being torn apart" at the border because of Trump's policies. "And I think that we cannot forget that, whether we like his personality or not, his actions are really what matter. I mean, 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?" Kimmel asked.
Kanye was silent, the audience laughed, and Kimmel tossed to a commercial break.