The rapper tells the president that the 13th Amendment was a “trap door” before Trump gives Ye his blessing to speak for him “any time he wants.”
Here we go again.
Kanye West stopped by the Oval Office Thursday afternoon for a planned meeting with his buddy, President Donald Trump, to allegedly discuss prison reform and urban revitalization. He was wearing the red hat, and the conversation was about everything but prison reform and urban revitalization.
Before munching on some roasted chicken and fingerling potatoes with POTUS, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Kid Rock and Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, Ye went into a 10-minute soliloquy in which he said — well — things only Kanye West would say.
“I tell you what, that was pretty impressive. That was quite something,” Trump said after Ye’s intro. Kanye replied, “It was from the soul. I just channeled it.”
Per eye-witnesses, pool reporters and video footage that’s made its way to Twitter, below are the 11 most Kanye things that unfolded during Kanye West’s afternoon at the White House.
- Kanye began the meeting by praising Trump’s efforts in North Korea, saying, “On day one, you solved one of [Obama’s] biggest troubles. We solved one of the biggest problems.”
- Regarding the lack of support he’s received from Hollywood regarding his decision to sport Trump’s MAGA hat, Kanye said, “They tried to scare me to not wear this hat — my own friends — but this hat — it gives me power in a way.”
- “I love Hillary, I love everyone, but the campaign, ‘I’m With Her,’ just didn’t make me feel as a guy — that didn’t get to see my dad all the time — like a guy that can play catch with his son,” Kanye said. “There was something about — when I put this hat on — it made me feel like Superman. That’s my favorite superhero, and you made a Superman cape for me.”
- “Let’s stop worrying about the future. All we have is today,” Kanye said. “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. He might not have thought he’d have a crazy motherf–ker like Kanye West [supporting him].”
- Kanye also brought up his recent and controversial appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” saying, “What I need ‘SNL’ and liberals to improve on is, if he don’t look good, we don’t look good. He has to be the freshest, the flyest, have the flyest planes. He has to look good! When we make everything in China and not America, we’re cheating on our country.”
- “There’s a lot of things that affect our mental health that put us into this trap door that is the 13th Amendment,” Kanye said, adding that when people fall through this trap door, they “end up next to the Unabomber.” Kanye also suggested we do away with the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, because the number 13 is traditionally unlucky. “We don’t have 13th floors, do we?” he said.
- Kanye also told Trump and reporters he had been recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Ye claimed it was a misdiagnosis and that he’s merely sleep-deprived.
- When a reporter asked Ye about his feelings on gun control, he replied, “Illegal guns is the problem, not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms.”
- “I brought a gift with me,” Kanye said, pulling out his phone to show Trump a photo. “This right here is the iPlaneOne. It’s a hydrogen-powered airplane, and this is what our president should be flying in. Look at this, Jared.” (Twitter also spotted that Kanye’s iPhone passcode is 0000. We’re guessing it won’t be for long.)
- A reporter asked Trump, “Is [Kanye] a future presidential candidate?” Trump replied, “Could very well be.” Kanye added, “Only after 2024.”
- Trump later said, “He can speak for me any time he wants. He’s a smart cookie. He gets it.”
Their talk in front of the cameras ended with Kanye declaring, “I love this guy,” and giving the president a hug.
“That’s really nice, and that’s from the heart. I did’t want to put you in that position. That’s from the heart. Special guy,” Trump said. “Let’s go have some lunch.”
And now, for another perspective, here’s how some Hollywood stars are reacting to the spectacle.
I want to officially go on the record to say KANYE WEST does NOT SPEAK FOR ME or my son or my 4 grandsons or my great grandson or my father who was refused VA benefits or grandmother who cleaned houses and scrubbed toilets. I pray he does not get choked on his superman cape
— Iyanla Vanzant (@IyanlaVanzant) October 11, 2018
If this is where Kanye wants to be, then let him be there. Quit trying to explain Kanye to us. He’s doing a pretty good job of telling us who he is and where he wants to be. Hmmmm is this where the Kardashian’s stand also. Their time time might be up also. Just saying !!! pic.twitter.com/qWXbEn1jIh
— Sinbad (@sinbadbad) October 11, 2018
How any serious journalist or news outlet could cover this Kanye West nonsense instead of climate change, voter suppression in Georgia or any number of issues that actually matter and not this fucking bullshit pr stunt by a narcissistic pop star I’ll never know. Shameful.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 11, 2018
Kanye West says he thinks of Trump as a father. Guess who doesn’t think of Kanye as a son?
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 11, 2018
As I said Tuesday, Kanye’s struggling right now, and having him to the WH was exploitive. Saudi Arabia just whacked a lawful US resident, the strongest hurricane (pressure wise) in modern history hit FL – @realDonaldTrump is ranting on @FoxNews, and trying to spin @Olivianuzzi 🤷♂️ https://t.co/n5Fl2sjKIV
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) October 11, 2018