Kanye West met with Donald Trump at the White House today and it was as ludicrous as predicted.
West spoke about alternate universes, how his Adidas collaboration is called “The Yeezy Effect,” why president Trump needs to be flying on a hydrogen plane and why the 13th amendment should be repealed. You know the one that abolished slavery?
“If you’re building a floor, the constitution is the base of our industry, right, of our country, of our company,” West said. “Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber?”
After West ended his 10-minute long rant to the president in the Oval Office, it seemed Trump was almost at a loss for words.
“That was quite something,” he said. “That was quite something.”
West responded that everything he said was from his soul.
“I don’t answer questions in simple sound bites,” he said. “You’re tasting a fine wine. It has multiple notes to it.”
According to The New York Times, West was supposed to meet with Trump and his son-in-law and senior presidential advisor, Jared Kushner, to discuss preventing and reducing gang-violence, employment opportunities for ex-convicts and manufacturing jobs in West’s home-city of Chicago.
West’s visit to the White House comes as no surprise, considering he has been spouting pro-Trump propaganda all summer and that his own wife, Kim Kardashian-West has met with Trump twice in the past few months.
Kushner, who’s been a champion of prison reform since his father-in-law took office, was actually the one who invited Kardashian-West to the White House this past May.
Kardashian-West met with Trump and Kushner about overhauling prisoner sentences and ended leaving with Trump commuting the life sentence of 63-year-old Alice Johnson, a black woman who had been serving time in an Alabama federal prison since 1996 for money laundering and cocaine distribution charges.
This won’t be the first time West is meeting with Trump either. The two got together at Trump Tower in Manhattan, before Trump was officially sworn into office in 2016.
Trump and West have also exchanged complimentary Tweets over the summer, with West calling the president a “brother” and someone who has equal “dragon energy” to him.
While Trump tweeted that West “has performed a great service to the black community.”
West even wore a “Make America Great Again” hat throughout both of his musical performances on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, ending his appearance with a impromptu speech in favor of the controversial president.
“So many times that I talk to a white person about this, and they say, ‘How could you support Trump? He’s racist,’” West said. “Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago.”
West told viewers to follow their hearts and not their minds when it comes to Trump, while pointing to his MAGA hat.
“Y’all be going at that man neck to mouth. And I don’t think it’s actually that helpful,” he said. “I think the universe has balance. 90 percent of news are liberal. 90 percent of TV…writers, rappers, musicians. So it’s easy to make it seem like it’s so so one-sided.”
Trump even mentioned West’s SNL diatribe during a rally in Tennessee on Monday.
The speech was heavily criticized by the public though, with even “SNL” cast-members themselves bashing the “unplanned” speech. Kenan Thompson talked about how embarrassing the speech was on a recent episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers and on the second episode of SNL, Pete Davidson addressed the appearance on an incredibly self-aware “Weekend Update” segment.
“It was one of the worst like, most awkward, things I’ve ever seen here — and I’ve seen Chevy Chase speak to an intern,” he said. “Kanye said that, ‘democrats broke up black families with welfare and that slavery’s not real.’ Um, you know how wrong about politics you have to be for people like me to notice?”
During West’s meeting with Trump, he happily wore the MAGA hat.
“It was something about when I put this hat on,” West said. “It made me feel like Superman. That’s my favorite superhero. And you made a Superman cape for me.”
Both West and Trump are incredibly powerful and rich men, who most people would assume were at the opposite ends of the political spectrum. But, perhaps this was all just a publicity stunt and the two are forging a mutually beneficial business-like relationship. It wouldn’t be surprising if Trump became the new face for the upcoming Yeezy season 9 while West became the next United Nations Ambassador for the United States.