If you had a nickel for every time Kanye West made headlines for leaving an audience speechless, you could have enough to score a few Yeezy Slides. Let’s face it, Ye has a way with words – as in, he has a way of offending people or seriously confusing them. Remember when he went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and rambled on for almost 6.5 minutes? While it was odd to see the rapper chat about ending the bullying toward a woman who was later accused of committing it, the incident was far from West’s most controversial moment. The Yeezy mogul also ruffled some feathers when he confessed his love for then-candidate Donald Trump, saying the pair are “both dragon energy,” per The Guardian, though Ye has since explained why he no longer supports Trump.
West is undeniably a man of many words — but in a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, he said relatively few. And you won’t believe what Kimmel asked, which eventually left Ye speechless.
Jimmy Kimmel surprised Kanye West with a Donald Trump question
In 2018, Kanye West sat down for a wide-ranging interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The rapper attempted to declare his support for President Trump after making a fuss praising the politician as his “brother.” Ye explained, “When I see people just go after the president, it’s like, why don’t we try love… One by one, we can dissipate this atomic bomb of society’s hatred by thinking.”
But Kimmel, a near-night critic of the politician, didn’t let Ye off the hook over his comments. The presenter noted that then-President Trump didn’t exactly share his “try love” approach. “There are literally families that are being torn apart because of what this president is doing, and I think we can’t forget that whether we like his personality or not, his actions really do count,” Kimmel explained. “You said so famously and so powerfully, George [W.] Bush doesn’t care about black people. I wonder what makes you think Donald Trump is doing this – or any people at all?
The camera switched to Ye, but the rapper — seemingly stunned by Kimmel’s hard-hitting question — never responded. The awkwardness of the moment was only tempered after Kimmel interjected, “Why don’t we take a break… We’ll be back.”
Usually, Ye is the one who leaves people speechless
According to the Express, a similar — albeit reversed — situation occurred when former President Donald Trump invited Kanye West to lunch in the Oval Office to discuss prison reform. What should have been a standard photo op quickly got out of hand and became yet another opportunity for Ye to deliver an impassioned monologue that no one asked for.
“Something about putting that hat on made me feel like Superman,” the rapper said of his red MAGA hat during a 10-minute monologue, per the BBC. West added that according to Newsweek, we should stop “worrying about the future” because “all we have is today.” Ye then inexplicably announced, “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. He might not have thought that he would have a crazy mother like me [supporting him].”
Former President Trump couldn’t seem to speak up, or maybe he was just as speechless as the rest of us. But when Ye finally paused long enough, the president said what we were all thinking, per NPR: “That was pretty special.” We wholeheartedly agree.