Kanye West has responded to George Bush Jr.’s recent comments about his Presidency and the rapper’s infamous outburst proclaiming that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005.
“I can understand the way he feels to be accused of being a racist in anyway, because the same thing happened to me where I got accused of being racist,” Kanye West said during an interview with Devi Dev on Houston’s Hot 97.9 The Boxx.
Kayne’s comments come on the heels of George Bush Jr. appearance on Today with Matt Lauer, where the former U.S. President commented on Kanye’s emotional, unscripted statements during celebrity benefit telethon in 2005.
“It was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency. He called me a racist, and I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now…It’s not true,” Bush snapped.
According to Kanye West, he completely understood Bush’s point of view and admitted to having a deeper connection to Bush’s point of view, after his own incident involving country singer Taylor Swift, during the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards.
“With both situations, it was a lack of compassion that America saw,” Kanye West explained. “With him, it was lack of compassion, not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. With me it was lack of compassion, cutting someone [Taylor Swift] off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think were all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I’m more open and the poetic justice I feel to have went through the same thing he went. And I really connect with him on a humanitarian level, because the next morning when he felt that, I felt that too (because of Taylor Swift).”