- The Washington Times - Friday, May 24, 2019

Kanye West addressed his controversial support for President Trump during a forthcoming interview with David Letterman, telling the former late-night host that “liberals bully people” who support the Republican president.

The rapper sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Mr. Letterman for the second-season debut of the comedian’s Netflix talk show series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” Notably, the guest who kicked off Mr. Letterman’s first season was former President Barack Obama.

Mr. West’s interview, which is set to stream on May 31, has been described as “not only one of the best interviews Letterman has ever conducted,” but “one of the most coherent and engaging interviews Kanye has ever given, even if it does go off the rails at times,” according to The Daily Beast, which previewed the episode.

Mr. West brought up his support for Mr. Trump on his own in the midst of a “somewhat confusing argument” about his “fear” as a man during the #MeToo movement, The Daily Beast described.

“This is like my thing with Trump — we don’t have to feel the same way, but we have the right to feel what we feel,” he said, adding that he wears his “Make America Great Again” hat in an attempt to break the stigma around supporting the president.

At one point in the discussion, Mr. Letterman tries to get Mr. West to condemn “the Republican-led voter suppression efforts during the most recent midterm elections,” The Daily Beast reported.

The rapper reportedly sidestepped the question and lamented that Trump supporters are “treated like enemies of America because that’s what they felt.”

“Have you ever been beat up in your high school for wearing the wrong hat?” he said. “Liberals bully people who are Trump supporters.”

The rest of the interview focused on music, fashion, Mr. West’s late mother, his feud with Drake and his mental health.

“When you’re bipolar, you have the potential to ramp up and it can take you to a point where you start acting erratic, as TMZ would put it,” the rapper quipped.

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