Kanye West wore his ‘Make America Great Again’ hat to a Thursday meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump. Although the meeting was supposed to be about prison reform the controversial rapper harangued reporters on America-first policies, racism and mental health for nearly 10 minutes.
West showed Trump a video of the iPlane 1, a hydrogen-powered aircraft he reportedly making in partnership with Apple, which he envisions replacing Air Force One. He then stated, “What I need Saturday Night Live and the liberals to improve on is if [Trump] doesn’t look good then we don’t look good. This is our president.”
He then rattled off statements about bringing companies “onshore” and how people end up in prison because of the lack of American factories.
“I tell you what that was pretty impressive,” Trump said about West’s commentary. “That was quite something.”
“It was from the soul,” the 41-year-old said. “I just channeled it.”
According to NBC, West continued on making bizarre comments:
- On racism: “Blacks and African-Americans we really get caught up in the idea of racism over the idea of industry.”
- On his support of Trump: “You think racism can control me? Oh, that don’t stop me that’s an invisible wall.”
- On his mental health: “I wasn’t bipolar, I had sleep deprivation that could cause dementia.”
- On Trump wanting to implement stop-and-frisk in Chicago: “Well, I feel stop-and-frisk does not help the relationship with people in the city.”
- On bringing jobs and tax breaks to Chicago: “We’re going to need to get a few breaks to be able to have some places in my hometown of Chicago … where we can create some factories. I think it would be cool for them be Trump factories because he’s a master of industry, he’s a master builder. I think it would be cool to have Yeezy ideation centers.”
- When asked about Chicago’s gun violence: “The problem is the legal guns. Legal guns is [sic] the problem.”
- When asked about a possible presidential run: “Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we really have is today.”
- On Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan: “Another thing is Black people have a problem with the word again … because time is a myth.”
- On being in the Oval Office: “Oh, it is good energy in this.”
The encounter ended with both men embracing. Watch the conversation in the video below.
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