Trump’s meeting with Kanye West was a national embarrassment. But here’s why it still may have been worth it.
In Hurricane Michael’s aftermath, Trump decided to hold a summit with Kanye West.
In one of the stranger moments from a presidency that redefines bizarre on a daily basis, rapper Kanye West met with president Donald Trump Thursday.
The meeting was set up for West to discuss prison reform, stop-and-frisk laws, and Chicago crime. But West’s behavior during the meeting was so odd, that even Trump looked uncomfortable with his antics.
At one point, West rambled about alternate universes while attempting to make the case for Trump pardoning Chicago gang member Larry Hoover, who is serving life in prison in a Supermax facility.
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“So there’s a theory that — there's infinite amounts of universe and there's alternate universe so it’s very important for me to get [Larry] Hoover out, because in an alternate universe, I am him and I have to go and get him free,” West said.
West also discussed his thoughts on repealing the 13th amendment — the one that abolishes slavery — with Trump.
“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,” West said. “I did say abolish with the hat on, because why would you keep something 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,” West continued. “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?”
The rapper’s explanation made little sense, but the larger issue is: why would a sitting U.S. president even entertain the notion of abolishing the 13th amendment?
Oh yeah, West also may have become the first person to utter the phrase “mother fucker” in the Oval Office. “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” West said. “He might not have thought he’d have a crazy mother-fucker like Kanye West supporting him.”
For all of the meeting’s lunacy, there may be a silver lining.
Back in May, West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, met with Trump to discuss prison reform which resulted in the president pardoning 63-year-old grandmother Alice Marie Johnson. Johnson was sentenced to life in prison for a first-time drug offense in 1997.
President Trump loves people who love him, especially celebrities. So if West can get Trump to consider broad prison sentencing reform or ending stop-and-frisk policing policies in Chicago, it may be worth the madness.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the meeting:
I’m not trying to be glib or rub it in, but both Trump and Kanye clearly have mental issues. They need help. But what’s really sad is that about 40% of the country listen to them & think they make sense. They’re literally following people with mental health issues. #Kanye— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) October 11, 2018\n
Kanye with the expert 000000 passcode pic.twitter.com/blUMExjfnN— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) October 11, 2018\n
I’m not sure anyone has been more critical of Kanye West than me. But after watching him today, I’m changing my mind. I feel bad for him. He clearly has clinical issues. It’s not that he’s unintelligent or has bad intent, he just desperately needs mental health counseling.— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) October 11, 2018\n
Trump got on the same "this muthafucka is STOOPID" face looking at Kanye that we all have when we're looking at Trump. This shit crazy— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh.... (@DragonflyJonez) October 11, 2018\n
Regardless of whether you like Kanye/celebs in politics, you have to admit over the last year he’s shown more courage in standing up to his peers than 99% of politicians who have been in the same position. https://t.co/svkJdElFHJ— Lisa De Pasquale (@LisaDeP) October 11, 2018\n
Trump supporters: "Taylor Swift needs to stick to music she doesn't understand politics enough"— Aaron (@TheSarcasmShow) October 11, 2018\n
Also Trump supporters: "Wow, look how brilliant and smart Kanye West is"
Let’s not blame this on Kanye’s mental health. I was institutionalized twice and I would never sell out the black race to a sunburnt hefty bag of expired yogurt.— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) October 11, 2018\n