Kanye West makes unorthodox White House visit
Outspoken backer of President Trump, Kanye West, accompanied by NFL Hall Of Famer Jim Brown, paid the White House a controversial visit Thursday to speak on a number of issues ranging from his sentiments towards the 13th Amendment to nebulous plans to revamp Air Force One.
The highly publicized ordeal incited a dizzying Twitter spectacle, during which, even the more frivolous aspects of the visit, like West’s monotonous iPhone password, started trending. Throughout the course of the meeting, West proudly donned his red and white MAGA hat, of which he memorably stated makes him “feel like Superman.”
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.
Approximately half way through his lengthy, often disjointed 10-minute monologue, a reporter asked West to expand on how his sentiments towards Trump differ from the ones he so famously directed at George W. Bush in the wake of Hurricane Katrina (“George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”)–to which he replied:
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: a welfare mentality.
The topic of welfare, in fact, aided West in curiously segueing to his frustration towards his fellow African Americans of the Democratic party, alleging “welfare is the only reason a lot of black people end up being Democrat.” He then follows a similarly slippery logic:
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 the mental health institutes in the ’80s and the ’90s, and the prison rates just shot up.
The President himself, who remained uncharacteristically quiet for the majority of the conversation, seemed elated by the exchange, describing West as both “impressive” and “important.” On the other side of the coin, West has received a considerable deal of backlash over the nature of his opinions, which includes fellow rappers T.I. and 50 Cent taking to Instagram to express their disdain for West, with the former claiming he is “ashamed to have ever been associated with [West].”
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