Kanye West went on an extended rant in the Oval Office on Wednesday at the beginning of a working lunch with President 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 misdiagnosed with a mental health disorder when he was really just sleep-deprived in the speech in which he called amendment that ended slavery a ‘trap door’ and said it should be abolished.
‘They tried to scare me to not wear this hat, my own friends, but this hat it gives me, it gives me power,’ he 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 out into nervous laughter as he spoke about his wife Kim Kardashian 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.’
He revealed that Trump had a Superman cape made for him. ‘No bulls***t,’ he added, advising networks to slap on a five-second delay. ‘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 he was impressed by the impromptu remarks.
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
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.
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.
‘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.
LUNCH WITH KANYE
Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze
Roasted Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Sautéed Asparagus
Source: The White House
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
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.
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 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.’