Trump is on his heros journey right now, West said, wearing a red Make America Great Again hat as he was seated across from the president at the Resolute Desk. And he might not have expected to have a crazy motherf***er like Kanye West run up and support, but best believe, we are going to make America great again.
Video: Don Lemon on Kanye: I had to turn the TV off
The lunch meeting was supposed to be about prison reform. But West quickly veered off topic as Trump, NFL great Jim Brown, senior adviser Jared Kushner, Secret Service agents and the assembled press pool looked on.
In an extraordinary, mostly uninterrupted rant, West said that he was recently diagnosed as being bipolar, but he insisted the diagnosis was wrong and that he was merely sleep-deprived.
West said he wanted to abolish the trap door called the 13th Amendment, because, he said, when the amendment was written it was illegal for blacks to read.
That meant if you actually read the amendment, youd get locked up and turned into a slave! West exclaimed, clapping his hands for emphasis.
At one point, West stood up and reached across the table to show Trump a picture of a hydrogen-powered plane, which the rapper told the president ought to replace Air Force One.
This is what our president should be flying in, West said, adding that he wants Apple to help him develop the aforementioned plane.
West, who has become one of Trumps most outspoken supporters, stirred controversy in an appearance on NBCs Saturday Night Live last month when he wore a Make America Great Again hat during his performance and delivered a pro-Trump speech to the studio audience.
In an interview with Fox & Friends earlier Thursday, Trump claimed that when West first expressed support for him, his poll numbers went up like 25 percent.
Its unclear what polling data the president was referring to. According to the most recent Gallup poll, Trumps job approval rating stands at 43 percent, while 53 percent of Americans disapprove. Gallup also found just 10 percent of African-Americans approve of the job Trump is doing.
I like him a lot, Trump said of West in that interview. Hes been a friend of mine. Ive known him for a long time. Hes a very different kind of a guy — I say that in a positive way. But he is a different kind of a guy.
CNN host Don Lemon has attacked Kanye West with racially charged remarks, saying the music star’s appearance at the White House was “a minstrel show.”
Lemon, who has been a constant critic of President Donald Trump, took umbrage at West’s appearance in the Oval Office as a new music licensing law was signed.
“I have no animosity for Kanye West,” Lemon said on CNN. “I’m just going to be honest and I may get in a lot of trouble for it. I actually feel bad for him. What I saw was a minstrel show today. Him in front of all these white people, mostly white people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans, because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing.”
Lemon blamed Trump, saying the President exploited someone “who needs help.” West has previously been hospitalized for what was termed exhaustion, and has been known to make public statements that many feel are erratic.
“Kanye needs help, this has nothing to do with being liberal or a conservative. We have to stop pretending… like this is normal,” Lemon said.
West has been an outspoken supporter of the President, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and trying to address the post-Saturday Night Live audience about Trump in an onstage rant.