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Jimmy Kimmel Draws Parallels Between Candidates Trump, Kanye West

Late-night host shows rapper, mogul have similar distaste for politicians, brands, haters

Jimmy Kimmel, like many other red-blooded Americans, was inspired by Kanye West’s VMA announcement that he’ll run for president in 2020. The late-night host, however, offered proof on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday that West’s verbosity, policies and anti-politics politicking have much in common with those of Donald Trump.

Kimmel’s video spliced clips from West’s epic VMA speech — or epic first stump speech — with various moments from Trump’s endlessly entertaining, increasingly depressing campaign. Starting with their respective presidential proclamations, the clip jumped back and forth between West and Trump bashing politicians, talking about the need to be liked and the media’s obsession with ratings. Then, of course, there was candidate West’s admission: “Did he smoke something before he came out here?” And candidate Trump’s statement that “I’m all for medical marijuana and help.”

The clip also revealed the pair’s penchant for dismissing naysayers, cutting between West’s vehement “Listen to the kids, bro” and “But fuck that, bro,” and two of Trump’s classically catty taunts of “Sit down.” Even on the issue of corporate America, West and Trump seemed to agree. While West envisioned a future where kids weren’t controlled with brands, Trump bravely began the fight for autonomy, distancing himself from one company on pure principle: “Oreos, right, Oreos, I love Oreos — I’m never going to eat them again!” (Why? Nabisco’s parent company Mondelez International was moving some of its Chicago operations to Mexico.)

“Wow,” Kimmel cracked after the bit. “Thank you, President Trump, and future President Kanye West.”


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