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Kanye West says he understands why George W. Bush says the "all-time low" during his presidency was when the rapper claimed the former president "doesn't care about black people" — because he went through the same criticism after interrupting Taylor Swift.

"I definitely can understand the way he feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing happened to me, where I got accused of being a racist," West told  Houston radio station 97. 9 on Wednesday, referring to his mic-swipe from Swift at last year's Video Music Awards.

George W. Bush: Kanye calling me a racist was a disgusting moment

The former president recently told Matt Lauer that hearing West's off-script comments during the Hurricane Katrina telethon in 2005 was "a disgusting moment," as the rapper accused him of botching the government's response to the disaster. West said Wednesday that both situations showed "basically a lack of compassion.""With him, it was a lack of compassion of him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans," he said. "For me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think we're all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I'm more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through] — and now I really ... connect with him on just a humanitarian level because ... the next morning when he felt that, I felt that same thing too."

Listen to West's comments below: