Kanye West went on an extended rant in the Oval Office on Wednesday at the beginning of a working lunch with Donald Trump, where he dropped the F bomb, talked about his Bipolar Disorder diagnosis, pounded on the Resolute Desk and gave the president a hug.
West said that he has come to understand that ‘bravery helps you beat this game called life’ and that he was misdiagnosed with a mental health disease when he was really just sleep deprived in a 10-minute speech, followed by nearly 10 minutes of questions, in which he labeled himself a ‘crazy motherf***er,’ called the amendment that ended slavery a ‘trap door’ and said it should be abolished.
He also joked about running for president in 2024 and said that Trump ‘is his hero’s journey’ in the astounding remarks that seemed to amuse the former reality TV show hosting president.
‘They tried to scare me to not wear this hat, my own friends, but this hat it gives me, it gives me power,’ West asserted. ‘You know, my dad and my mom separated, so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home. And also, I’m married to a family that, you know – not a lot of male energy going on. It’s beautiful though,’ he said, breaking into nervous laughter as he spoke about his wife Kim Kardashian West and her family.
The rapper said that he loves Hillary Clinton but the slogan ‘I’m with her’ didn’t empower him to be the kind of man or father he felt his son deserved.
‘I love Hillary. I love everyone, right? 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 could play catch with his son,’ he said. ‘It was something about, when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. That’s my favorite super hero.’
Oval Office talks: Kanye West sits in front of the Resolute Desk to open talks with Donald Trump, with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump also present
‘Genius’: The president praised Kanye in a Fox News interview earlier in the morning, then greeted Kanye in the Oval Office
MAGA: Kanye has made wearing the president’s Make America Great Again slogan his recent trademark — earning criticism from some quarters
Sit-down: Jim Brown, the NFL Hall of Famer, was also part of the talks, which center of African-American employment, prison reform and violence in Chicago, the White House said
Rapport: Kanye and Trump shared a laugh at one point in the meeting which was attended by reporters
Talking: Kanye West hit his hand on the Resolute Desk to make a point during his talks with Trump
He revealed that Trump had a Superman cape made for him. ‘No bulls***t,’ he added, advising networks to slap a five-second delay on his remarks. ‘You gave me the heart to go to Adidas,’ he told Trump, referring to his Yeezy shoe deal.
When he was finished with the 10-minute speech the president said it was ‘amazing’ and that the impromptu remarks were ‘pretty impressive.’
But West wasn’t done. He took questions from reporters for another 10 minutes in which he expounded on Chicago’s murder rate. ‘The problem is illegal guns…Not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms,’ he said.
‘We kill each other more than police officers. And that’s not saying that the police officers are not an issue…because they are in a position of power,’ he asserted.
West has pushed for the abolition of the 13th Amendment, which formally abolished slavery. ‘We don’t have the reparations but we have the 13th Amendment. We gotta open up the whole conversation.’
Addressing the condemnation he’s received for supporting Trump, who his liberal friends say is a ‘racist,’ he said, West, said, ‘You think racism can control me? Oh that don’t stop me That’s an invisible wall.’
To pressing his for a direct answer, West said, ‘I don’t answer questions in simple sound bites.’ He told journalists, ‘You tasting a fine wine. It has multiple notes in it. You better play 4D chess with me….Cause it ain’t that simple.’
Trump said that West ‘gets it’ in remarks after and he hates ‘to see what’s happening’ in West’s hometown.
West told Trump, ‘I love you,’ as he came around to give him a hug. The president informed him that the didn’t want to put him in a bad spot. ‘I’m standing in this spot, I love this guy right here,’ West volunteered.
‘That’s really nice. I did not want to you in that position, but that’s from the heart. Special guy,’ Trump said. ‘Whether you like it, whether you don’t like it, they’re special people,’ he said of Kanye and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who was also at the White House for the lunch.
West said in the conversation that he wouldn’t challenge Trump in 2020 for president — but he could seek the Oval Office for himself in 2024.
‘Let’s stop worrying about the future all we really have is today,’ he said. ‘Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. And might not have thought he’d have a crazy mother-f***er like Kanye West’s support.’
The president said earlier in the day that they could be pairing up for more than just a White House visit.
Trump says he ‘could see’ himself campaigning with the rapper.
‘Well, I could see it. I could see it,’ the president said on ‘Fox & Friends’ on Thursday morning.
Trump called West a ‘genius’ in the interview. ‘Those in the music business say he’s a genius, and that’s OK with me, because as far as I’m concerned, he is,’ the president said. ‘He’s not asking anything for himself. He’s not saying, ‘Hey, gee, I want to do this or that.»
‘He’s a private guy and he wants to help people — and maybe more than anything prison reform.’
Also present: Ivanka Trump is lunching with Kanye as well as the president. She was wearing white as he left home for the White House this morning
Arrival: Jim Brown, the NFL Hall of Famer who is part of the lunch with Kanye, declined to answer questions when he arrived at the White House
Lunch with the president: Jim Brown, the Hall of Fame running bank, will have lunch in the Oval Office private dining room with Trump, Kanye, Jared Kushner and Ivanka
Trump said that they’ll discussion prison reform when they meet, as well, picking up where the president and West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, left off in their White House conversation.
‘You know what he wants? he’s not asking for anything for himself,’ the president said. ‘He’s a private guy, and he wants to help people, and I think, maybe most, more than anything, is prison reform because his wife was terrific, Kim. She was the one who brought the attention to Mrs. [Alice] Johnson.’
Kanye West has been hit with extreme criticism over his support for Trump, a Republican. He’s pictured in a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat
Trump credited Kanye West with his own surge in support among African Americans.
‘He’s got a big following in the African American community,’ the president asserted.
He hailed West as a ‘smart guy’ on Tuesday and said the artist ‘loves’ what this administration is doing for African-Americans.
‘He’s been a terrific guy. He loves what we’re doing for African-American jobs, for so many different things. Median incomes…is at all-time high. Poverty level at the best rate, meaning the lowest rate. And Kanye is a smart guy and he sees that,’ the president told DailyMail.com.
The rapper is coming to visit the White House on Thursday. He’ll lunch with Trump and meet with Jared Kushner.
‘And also coming with him. He said, ‘You mind if I bring Jim Brown?’ Big Jim Brown. Boy, would he be making a lot of money today, right? He was unstoppable. And he’s been a friend of mine. He’s been really with us because he gets it, he really gets it,’ Trump said.
Brown is a former Cleveland Browns running back who is a Football Hall of Famer.
‘He sees that African-American, and by the way, Hispanic and Asian have never done better in this country, and he likes it,’ the president said of West.
The White House said the lunch with ‘award-winning Rapper, Producer, and Fashion Designer Kanye West’ would take place in the Oval Office’s private dining room.
One man’s White House visit is another man’s marketing opportunity: Local tour guide Don Folden said he wanted to show Kanye the capital’s African-American heritage
‘The discussion will be centered on President Trump’s historic work to benefit all Americans such as urban revitalization, the creation of Opportunity Zones, new workforce training programs, record highs in African American employment, the creation of manufacturing jobs, ideas from his meeting with African American pastors, potential future clemencies, and addressing the massive violent crime surge in Chicago,’ deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
In the months before Trump took office, West came to congratulate him on his victory at Trump Tower in New York City.
West’s wife, the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, has since visited the White House to meet with Trump and Kushner to discuss prison reform and push for clemency for a first-time drug offender.
Their May meeting led the president to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, whom Kardashian West had become a prominent supporter of after reading about her case online.
Kardashian visited the White House in September for a second time. She’s not known to have spoken to the president during that trip. She participated in a prison reform panel with Kushner and the president’s daughter, also a senior White House adviser, Ivanka Trump.
West, 41, has deleted his social media accounts following a string of controversial stunts including wearing a Make America Great Again cap during an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
He was also booed while making a pro-Trump speech when the cameras stopped rolling on the late-night show in September.
LUNCH WITH KANYE
Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
Roasted Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Sautéed Asparagus
Source: The White House
The unscheduled rant led to Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande’s finance and an SNL castmate, to publicly slam West.
During last Saturday’s show he said: ‘Kanye is a genius, but like a musical genius. Like Joey Chestnut is a hot dog-eating genius. But I don’t want to hear Joey Chestnut’s opinion on things that are not hot dog related.
‘I know Kanye is saying, this is the real me. I’m off the meds. Take them! There’s no shame in the medicine game. I’m on them. There’s nothing wrong with taking them.
‘If I ever got on a plane and the pilot said, ‘I just want all you to know, this is the real me flying,’ I’d jump out. Being mentally-ill is not an excuse to act like a jackass.’
Kenan Thompson, another one of SNL’s long-standing comics, also took issue with the politically-charged diatribe.
President Trump and Kanye West could be pairing up for more than just a White House visit. Trump says he ‘could see’ himself campaigning with the rapper who came to see him at Trump Tower in New York City after his election and is coming to talk to him again on Thursday
Kim Kardashian West, visited the White House in May to meet with Mr Trump and Mr Kushner to discuss prison reform
Speaking to the Seth Meyers podcast, he said: ‘That was just gnarly, he’s such a setup artist. He invited the cast back up there to immediately s*** on them.
‘What kind of weird, let me be the puppet master type s*** is that? I’m so glad that I’d gone to my room to change.
Thompson remarked, ‘It’s just leaning your personal opinion so heavy on others.
‘Everybody’s opinion should be up for debate. You’re putting it out here like what your word says goes, and that’s just not fair.’
KANYE WEST’S ASTOUNDING OVAL OFFICE TIRADE
KANYE WEST: And really, the reason why they imprisoned him is because he started going positive for the community. He started showing that he actually had power, that he wasn’t just one of a monolithic voice, that he could wrap people around. So there’s theories that there’s infinite amounts of universe, and there’s alternate universe, so it’s very important for me to get Hoover out because in an alternate universe I am him, and I have to go and get him free. Because he was doing positive inside of Chicago just like I’m moving back to Chicago and it’s not just about, you know, getting on stage and being an entertainer and having a monolithic voice that’s forced to be a specific party. You know, people expect that if you’re black, you have to be Democrat. I have a – I have conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat. They say, you know, first of all, it’s a limit to amount of jobs. So the fathers lose the jobs, and they say we’ll give you more money for having more kids in your home. And then we got rid of mental health institutes in the ’80s and the ’90s, and the prison rates just shot up. And now you have Chi-raq, what people call Chi-raq – which is actually, our murder rate is going down by 20 per cent every year. I just talked to the superintendent, met with Michael Sacks, that’s Rahm’s right-hand man. So I think it’s the bravery that helps you beat this game called life. You know, they tried to scare me to not wear this hat. My own friends. But this hat, it gives me – it gives me power in a way. You know, my dad and my mom separated, so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home. And also, I’m married to a family that, you know, not a lot of male energy going on. It’s beautiful, though. But there’s times where, you know, it’s something about, you know – I love Hillary. I love everyone, right? 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 could play catch with his son. It was something about, when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman – that’s my favorite super hero. And you made a Superman cape for me. Also as a guy that looks up to you, looks up to [UNINTELLIGIBLE], looks up to American industry guys, non-political, no bullshit – put the beep on it, however you want to do it, five seconds delay – and just goes in and gets it done. Right now, you gave me the heart to go to Adidas. Because at Adidas, when I went in in 2015, we’re a $14 billion company losing $2 billion a year. Now we have a $38 billion market cap. It’s called the «Yeezy Effect.» And I went to Casper. We had a meeting in Chicago. And I said, «You have to bring manufacturing onshore.» And not even shore. Into the core! It’s that about the borders, the core of Adidas. And Chicago is the core of middle America. We have to make middle America strong. So I had the balls. Because I have enough the balls to put on this hat. I mean, this Adidas thing made me a billionaire. And I could have lost $200 million walking away from that deal. But even with that, I knew it was more important for me to take the chance of walking away from that deal than to have no fathers in Chicago, with no homes, and when we do have prison reformation – because it’s habilitation, not rehabilitation, because we didn’t have the abilities in the first place. We never had anyone who taught us. They didn’t teach us. And exactly: «We didn’t have no one that taught us,» right? So it’s more important than any specific deal, anything, that we bring jobs into America. And that we provide a transition with mental health and the American education curriculum, that Dennis worked on, Larry Hoover also has a curriculum that he’s worked on. We have Montessori curriculums that we worked on. [UNINTELLIGIBLE] has a beautiful curriculum. The Waldorf establishment has a curriculum. We have meditation. There’s a lot of things affecting our mental health that makes us do crazy things, that puts us back into that trap door called the 13th Amendment. I did say «abolish» with the hat on. Because why would you keep something around that’s a trap door? If you’re building a floor, the Constitution is the base of our industry, right? Of our country, of our company? Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and you accidentally, something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You end up – you’ve got to remove all that trap door out of the relationship. The four gentleman that broke the 13th Amendment? And I think the way the universe works, it’s perfect. We don’t have 13 floors, do we? So the four gentlemen that broke the 13th Amendment didn’t look like the people they were amending. Also, at that point it was illegal for blacks to read, or African-Americans to read, and so that meant if you actually read the amendment, you’d get locked up! And turned into a slave again. So what I think is we don’t need sentences, we need partners. We need to talk to people. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was connected with a neuropsychologist that works with the athletes in the NBA and the NFL. And he looked at my brain, it’s equal on three parts. I’m going to go ahead, drop some bombs to you: 98th percentile IQ test. I had a 75 percentile of all human beings but it was counting eight numbers backwards off, there was a reading, so I’m going to work on that. The other ones, 98 per cent. Tesla. Freud. You know, so he said that I actually wasn’t bipolar. I had sleep deprivation which could cause dementia 10 to 20 years from now, where I wouldn’t even remember my son’s name. So all this power that I get, and I’m taking my son to the Sox game and all that? I wouldn’t be able to remember his name from a misdiagnosis. And what we need is, we can empower the pharmaceuticals and make more money. That’s one thing. I’ve never stepped into a situation where I didn’t make people more money. So we can empower pharmaceuticals. We can empower our industries. We can empower our factories. We can bring not only Adidas onshore, we can bring Foxconn and set up a factory in, I think, Minnesota.
DONALD TRUMP: Wisconsin, yeah. Wisconsin.
KANYE WEST: Yeah, Wisconsin. They have 4,000 jobs. People making $53,000 a year. And one of the things we’ve got to set is Ford, to have the highest design. The dopest cars. The most amazing. I don’t really say «dope.» I don’t say negative words and try to flip them. We just say positive, lovely, divine universal words. So the flyest, freshest, most amazing car. And what we want to start with is, I brought a gift with me right here. This right here is the I-plane One. It’s a hydrogen-powered airplane, and this is what our president should be flying in. Look at this, Jerry.
DONALD TRUMP: We’ll get rid of Air Force One. Can we get rid of Air Force One? No? You don’t like that.
KANYE WEST: Well, we’re going to have Apple, an American company, work on this plane. But you know what I don’t like about – it’s not that I don’t like – what I need Saturday Night Live to improve on, or the liberals to improve on, is: If he don’t look good, we don’t look good. This is our president.
DONALD TRUMP: It’s true.
KANYE WEST: He has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories. And we have to make our core be empowered. We have to bring jobs into America. Because our best export is entertainment ideas. But when we make everything in China and not in America, then we’re cheating on our country. And we’re putting people in position, to have to do illegal things to end up in the cheapest factory ever, the prison system.
DONALD TRUMP: I’ll tell you what, that was pretty impressive. I hate to say this, Jim, you want to say something? What do you do after that?
JIM BROWN: You don’t mind if I –
DONALD TRUMP: You are fantastic. Please, Jim, please.
JIM BROWN: Alright. [UNINTELLIGIBLE]
DONALD TRUMP: Right? Isn’t that a great statement? And it’s so true. As a country, it’s so true. Very impressive. I’ve never seen Jim Brown impressed before. He was impressed. That’s true. That statement is amazing, huh?
JIM BROWN: Yes, it makes a lot of sense.
DONALD TRUMP: I want to tell you, it’s great to have you guys with us. And we’re going to go in, and we’re going to have some lunch. That was quite something. That was quite something.
KANYE WEST: It was from the soul. I just channeled it.
DONALD TRUMP: Yes, it’s really very interesting.
REPORTER: Quick question?
DONALD TRUMP: Yes, please.
REPORTER: So you had said of President Bush that he doesn’t care about black people. And you’ve heard some people say that about this president. How do you respond to that? What do you make of that?
KANYE WEST: I think we need to care about all people. And I believe that when I went on to NBC, I was very emotional and I was programmed to think from a victimized mentality, of a welfare mentality. I think that with blacks and African-Americans, we really get caught up in the idea of racism over the idea of industry. We say if people don’t have land, they settle for brands. We want Polo supporting Obama again. We want a brand more than we want land. Because we’ve got to know how it feels to actually have our own land and have ownership of our own blocks. So when you don’t have ownership, then it’s all about how something looks. It’s about the patina, it’s not about the soul, and it’s not about the core. So we focus more on, is somebody wearing something, is someone’s disrespecting me so I’ve got to, I’ve got to shoot them? Or the idea of someone being racist? You know, we talk about police murders, which we definitely have to discuss, and we have to bring nobility to the police officers and make them – the police officers are just like us. But there’s this whole hate building, right? And that’s a major thing about racial tension. And we also, as black people, we have to take a responsibility for what we’re doing. We kill each other more police officers. And that’s not saying that the police officer is not an issue, because they are in a place, a position of power. But sometimes they’re in placement of law enforcement. They need to be law power. It’s force versus power. When you have – you shouldn’t have to force people to do that. So a lot of times the police officer is sitting there, they’re being forced to do this and forced to do that block. And then they force somebody into something, and forces something. We have to release the love throughout the entire country, and give opportunities. A lot of times, it’s just the overall lack of reparations that we – at any given point, we say, «Aw, this is racist, this is racist, this is racist.» So we don’t have the reparations, but we have the 13th Amendment. We’ve got to open up the whole conversation. So – and that’s a move – one of the moves I love that liberals try to do. a liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism, because we know that we’re very proud emotional people. So when I said, «I like Trump,» to, like, someone that’s liberal, they’ll say, «Oh, but he’s racist.» You think racism can control me? Oh, they don’t stop me. That’s an invisible wall.
Kanye West deleted social media accounts ‘because he was obsessed’
deleted his accounts after coming to the realization that social media was doing him more harm than good.
The Grammy-winner, 41, ‘got to the point where he realized his rants were becoming unhealthy,’ which is ‘why he deleted his account,’ a source toldon Monday.
The outspoken artist got rid of bothand Friday, as it was monopolizing his time and impacting his well-being, the source said.
‘When he gets into these Twitter rants, it’s very difficult for him to stop,’ the source said. ‘It’s like an obsession and it actually affects his life. He knows it’s not healthy, so he wants to take things down a notch.’
West (pictured on his private jet), 41, has deleted his social media accounts following a string of controversial stunts including wearing a Make America Great Again cap during an appearance on Saturday Night Live
The ‘Runaway’ singer’s spouse Kim Kardashian, whom he shares three kids with — daughter North, five, son Saint, two, and daughter Chicago, eight months — ‘agreed it was time’ he take a moratorium from social media amid a slew of controversies, as ‘she just wants him to focus on his family for a bit now.’
Kanye ‘can also focus better on his music and being creative when he avoids social media,’ the source said.
After more than a year off of Twitter, West began tweeting again this past April, raising eyebrows in particular for stating that the 13th Amendment — outlawing slavery — should be abolished, as well as statement in strong support of President Donald Trump.
After he delivered a speech touting the greatness of the ‘Apprentice’ host as he closed Saturday Night Live last month, the cast’s Pete Davidson called it ‘one of the worst, most awkward things’ he’s seen during his time on the variety show.
Davidson also brushed off claims West made that he was instructed not to wear the Make America Great Again cap made famous by the commander in chief.
‘He wore it all week — no one told him not to wear it,’ Davidson said. ‘I wish I bullied him. I wish I had suggested it might upset people. Like your wife, or every black person ever.’