Rap superstar, Trump supporter, and husband of Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, just made a passionate 10-minute statement to President Trump and the press corps at the White House about patriotism, mental health, the economy, the 13th Amendment, and Making America Great Again. Kanye's statement is followed by questions from the press.
In the above Facebook video, "real news" CBS News refers to Kanye's comments as a "tirade" and a "surreal scene."
Afterward, President Trump said: "I'll tell you what, that was pretty impressive... That was quite something." Earlier Thursday, Trump told “Fox and Friends” Thursday that West is “a different kind of guy and that’s OK with me.”
According to the press pool, after the cameras shut off, Kanye said: "It was from the soul. I just channeled it."
"Let's stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We just have today. Over and over and over again, the eternal returns, the hero's journey and Trump is on his hero's journey," Kanye also said, referring to the works of the Buddha, Joseph Campbell, and Carl Jung.
“People try to scare me into not wearing this hat. This hat gives me power in a way,” the rapper and entertainer said.
To liberals who hate Trump he said: "What I need Saturday Night Live to improve on, or what I need the liberals to improve on -- if he don't look good, we don't look good. This is our president. He has to be the freshest, the flyest. The flyest planes. The best factories."
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.'
Kanye on metaphysics, Male Energy, and having fathers in homes:
KANYE WEST: There are theories that there are multiple and infinite universes, so it is very important for to get Hoover out because in an alternate universe, I am him, and I have to go get him free, because he is in prison for doing positive back in Chicago, just like I am moving to Chicago and it is not just about, getting on stage and being an entertainer and having a monolithic voice that is forced to be a specific party.
People expect that if you're black you have to be a Democrat. I have conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrats, they say. First of all, it is a limit to the amount of jobs. The fathers lose the jobs, and they say we'll give you more money for having more kids in your home... the prison rates just shot up and now you have "Chiraq," what people call "Chiraq."
I think it is the bravery that helps you beat this game called life. They try to scare me, to not wear this hat. This [Make America Great Again] gives me power in a way, you know, my dad and my mom separated, so I didn't have a lot of Male Energy in the home. And also I'm married to a family that, you know, not a lot of male energy going on. It is beautiful though, but there are times where, something about, I love Hillary, I lov everyone, 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. There was something about when I put this hat on, it made me felt like Superman. Superman is my favorite superhero, and this hat is like a Superman cape you made for me. Also as a guy that looks up to you, to American industry guys, non-political, no bullshit.
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Kanye on being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder:
KANYE WEST: I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and I was connected with a neuropsychologist who works with athletes in the NBA and NFL. And he looked at my brain... He said I wasn't actually bipolar -- I just had sleep deprivation, which can cause dementia and ten to twenty years from now, I wouldn't be able to remember my son's name... from a misdiagnosis. We can empower the pharmaceuticals... our industry, our factories.
New song from Kanye ordering all "haters," "suckers," and "liars" to stand on "dat side":
Full transcript via WH press pool:
KANYE WEST: Here we have Larry Hoover’s lawyer with us today and it’s a prisoner that we’re focused on. He has six life sentences and they have him next to the unibomber doing 23 and 1 … Really the reason why they imprisoned [Larry Hoover] is because he started doing positive for the community. He started showing that he actually had power, he wasn’t just one of a monolithic voice but he could wrap people around, so there’s theories that there’s infinite amounts of universe, and there’s alternate universe, so it’s very important for me to get Hoover out because in an alternate universe, I am him. And I have to go and get him free because he was doing positive inside of Chicago, just like how I’m moving back to Chicago and it’s not just about, you know, getting on stage and being an entertainer, and having a monolithic voice that’s forced to be a specific party.
You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat. I have conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat they say – you know first of all, it’s a limit to amount of jobs, so the fathers lose the job 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. And now you have Chiraq, what people call Chiraq, which actually, our murder rate is going down by 20 per cent every year. I just talked to the superintendent, met with Michael Sacks, that’s Ron’s right hand man. So, I think it’s the bravery that helps you beat this game called life. You know they tried to scare me to not wear this hat, my own friends, but this hat, it gives me power in a way.
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 now into a family that, you know, not a lot of male energy going on, it’s beautiful though. But there’s times where, you know, it’s something about, 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. It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made us Superman, that’s my favorite superhero, and you made a Superman cape for me.
Also as a guy that looks up to you, looks up to Ralph Lauren, looks up to American industry guys. Non-political, no bullshit [looks at media members] - put the beep on it, however you want to do it, five seconds delay - and just goes in and gets it done. Right now, you gave me the heart to go to Adidas. When I went in, in 2015, we were a $14 billion company losing $2 billion a year. Now, we have $38 billion market cap. It’s called “The Yeezy Effect.” And went and I said, “You have to bring manufacturing on-shore. Not even on-shore, into the core. It’s not about the borders. The core of Adidas, and Chicago, is the core of middle America, and we have to make middle America strong.
So, I had the balls, because I have enough balls to put on this hat. I mean, this Adidas thing made me a billionaire. And I could have lost $200 million walking away from that deal. But even with that, I knew it was more important for me to take the chance of walking away from that deal, than to have no fathers in Chicago, with no homes. And when we do have prison reformation, not rehabilitation, because they didn’t have the abilities in the first place. We never had anyone who taught us, they didn’t teach us. Then any specific deal, anything, that we bring jobs into America. And that we provide a transition with mental health and the AmeriCan education curriculum that Jim has worked on. Larry Hoover also has a curriculum that he’s worked on. We have Montessori curriculums that we worked on. WeWorks has beautiful curriculum. The Waldorf establishment has a curriculum. We have meditation.
There’s a lot of things affecting our mental health that makes us do crazy things, that puts us back into that trap door that’s called the 13th Amendment. I did say, “abolish,” with the hat on, because why would you keep something around that’s a trap door. If you building a floor, the constitution is the base of our industry, of our country, of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Uni-bomber, you gotta remove all that trapdoor out of the relationship. The four gentleman that wrote the 13th Amendment, and I think the way the universe works is perfect, we don’t have 13 floors, do we? You know, the four gentleman that wrote the 13th amendment didn’t look like the people they were amending. Also, at that point, it was illegal for blacks to read, or African Americans, to read. So, that meant if you actually read the Amendment, you’d get locked up! And turned into a slave. Again, so what I think is, we don’t need sentences, we need pardons. We need to talk to people.
I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was connected with a neuropsychologist that works with the athletes in the NBA and NFL. He looked at my brain, it’s equal on three parts. I’m gonna go ahead, drop some bombs for you. 98 percentile IQ test, I had a 75 percentile of all human beings when it was counting eight numbers backwards, so I’m gonna work on that one. The other ones, 98 percent, Tesla, Freud. So, he said that I actually wasn’t bipolar, I had sleep deprivation, which could cause dementia 10-20 years from now, where I wouldn’t even remember my sons name. So, all this power that I’ve got, and I’m taking my son to the Sox game and all that, I wouldn’t be able to remember his name, from a misdiagnosis. What we need is, we can empower the pharmaceuticals and make more money. That’s one thing, I’ve never stepped into a situation where I didn’t make people more money. So, we can empower pharmaceuticals, we can empower our industries, we can empower our factories, we can bring, not only Adidas on shore, we could bring Foxconn and set up a factory in, I think, Minnesota [corrected by Trump that it’s Wisconsin].
Yeah, Wisconsin. They have 4,000 jobs, people making 53,000 a year. And one of the things we gotta set is, Ford to have the highest designs. The dopest cars. The most amazing. I don’t really say, “dope,” I don’t say negative words and try to flip ‘em. We just say positive, lovely, divine, universal words. So, the flyest, freshest, most amazing car. And what we start with, is – I brought a GIF with me right here. [Scrolls through iPhone to show Trump.] This right here is the iPlane 1. It’s a hydrogen powered airplane, and this is what our president should be flying in. We’re gonna have Apple, an American company, work on this plane.
What I need Saturday Night Live to improve on, or what I need the liberals to improve on is, if he don’t look good [pointing to Trump], we don’t look good. This is our President. He has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories. And we have to make our core be empowered. We have to bring jobs into America, because our best export is entertainment and ideas. But when we make everything in China and not America, then we’re cheating on our country, and we’re putting people in positions to have to do illegal things to end up in the cheapest factory every, the prison system.
... the entire country and give opportunities. A lot of times it's just the overall lack of reparations that we -- at any given point, we say this is racist, this is racist, this is racist, this is racist. So we don't have reparations, but we have the 13th Amendment.
We've got to open up the whole conversation. So -- and that's a move -- one of the moves I love that liberals try to do -- a liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism because they know that we are very proud, emotional people.
So when I say I like Trump to like someone that's liberal, they'll say oh, but he's racist. You think racism can control me? Oh that won't stop me, that's an invisible wall.
... you have one question that opens to another question. I answered your question. I don't answer questions that are simple soundbites. You -- you are tasting a fine wine that has multiple notes (ph) to it. You better play 4-D chess with me like it's Minority Report, cause it ain't that simple. It's complex.
QUESTION: Mr. West, why would you let -- (inaudible) Chicago Sun Times, so I would like to know what you would like to ask President Trump to do for Chicago. You're here to talk about crime in Chicago.
WEST: The thing that -- that -- that the head of the police and (inaudible) met with me last night at the (inaudible) about was we feel that stop and frisk does not help the relationships in the city, and everyone that knew I was coming here said ask about stop and frisk.
That's -- that's -- that's the number one thing that we're having this conversation about. Another thing is opening up industries, and we've got to get some tax breaks too, because -- you know we're making -- we got a Speed factory in Atlanta, but the shoes are costing us $300 so it's costing us too -- too much to make things.
So we need some prototypes here so we can get people back working so China can't just beat us and Vietnam can't beat us. You've got Levi's, the greatest jeans company in the world, making their jeans in -- in Vietnam.
So we're going to need a few breaks to be able to have some places in my hometown of Chicago, and the 2.7 million -- the nine million (ph) surrounding the suburbs where we can create some factories. I think it'd be cool for them to be Trump factories because he's a master of industry, he's a builder.
And I think it'd be cool to have Yeezy ideation centers, which would be a mix of education that empowers people and gives them modern information like -- sometimes people say this kid has ADD, this kid has ADD.
He don't have ADD, school is boring, it was boring, it's not as exciting as this. We have a -- he don't have ADD, school is boring, it was boring, it's not as exciting as this. We have to make it more exciting, we have to mix curriculums to play basketball while you're doing math.
You -- you -- you learn about music while you meditate in the morning. We have to (inaudible) mental health and art programs back into the -- back to the cities. So those are -- and also, Larry Hoover is an example of a man that was turning his life around, and as soon as he tried to turn his life around, they hit him with six life sentences.
So I believe he's -- you say don't tear down the statues? Larry Hoover is a living statue. He's a beacon for us, that needs to see his family, that needs to go out and represent. When you have a block leader on every single block, they can own the block.
That's something I learned from Jim Brown, from a man I can (ph). We need to put curriculums for people who really came from the streets, not people who are just trying to set us up to go into a work system or prison system that applies to what people are really going through, which Jim Brown has created.
QUESTION: What about gun violence? With all of the debate about the Second Amendment going on.
WEST: The problem is illegal guns. Illegal guns are the problem, not -- not -- not legal guns. We have the right to bear arms.
QUESTION: President Trump has said that he favors stop and frisk. Are you guys going to be discussing that, do you think you can change his mind?
WEST: Yes, we're -- we're going to -- we're going to discuss it. I didn't mean to put you on blast like that bro, but ...
TRUMP: I'm open-minded, I'm here. I am open-minded.
TRUMP: He can speak for me anytime he wants. He's been a great guy, he's a smart cookie, smart. He gets it. These two guys -- Jim Brown, he's been doing this for a long time.
QUESTION: Is he a future presidential candidate?
TRUMP: Could very well be.
WEST: Only after ...
TRUMP: Could very well be.
That's good, I'm glad to hear that.
WEST: We have a good -- and the thing is, let's stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We just have today. Over and over and over again, the eternal returns, the hero's journey and Trump is on his hero's journey ...
WEST: ... but best believe we are going to make America great. Now the thing is, my -- another thing is black people have an issue with the word again, and I believe my feeling from that is because I'm going to throw -- I'm going to go all the way signaling, because time is of the mix.
All we have is now, all we have is today. So the word again -- it doesn't hurt us because of the idea of racism and (inaudible). It -- it -- it hurts us because we need to focus on who we are now, today, I -- I believe. So I actually brought some hats in that have a bit of a transition.
I'm not -- (inaudible) Trump (inaudible). I made a hat that says make America great (inaudible), but I would love to see at the Super Bowl Trump wearing the make America great hat, Colin making the -- wearing the make America great and showing that we can bend a bit on this side, we can bend a bit on this side and we can learn how to be valuable in the infinite universe that we are, and the loving beings that we are.
That we don't have to stick to all traditions and -- cause we are a side, we are one unit, we are one country, we are one moment in history in time. We might've been here before, but right now we are together. And the greatest value that people have are other people.
And we need to stop working on random (inaudible) like the gangs again.
TRUMP: Let me ask you this question. You're in the Oval Office, how does it feel to be in the Oval Office?
WEST: Oh, it is good energy in this.
TRUMP: Is it good energy? Yeah?
WEST: It's good.
TRUMP: It's a great place. Jim, how do you feel?
BROWN: I feel good, yeah.
BROWN: I really feel good.
TRUMP: You are so respected, and what Kanye's doing has been incredible. All over the world they're talking about this, and I have to tell you, I had important meetings today with Senators and with everything, nobody cared.
They wanted this meeting, this is the meeting, is that right? I can say that to John. No, the others were good, right? But this is what they want.
BROWN: ... not only you would be there.
TRUMP: Well, it's my honor Jim, I want to tell you. I've been a fan of yours for a long time, long time. Nobody like you, nobody like you. No athlete like you.
BROWN: You know why I'm here? I'm here to serve.
TRUMP: Yeah. It's really nice, Jim.
TRUMP: Wow. And you know, that's always been the way Jim has been for a long time, and he just wanted to help. And it's -- it's something special. Jennifer, did you have a question?
QUESTION: I guess just (inaudible).
TRUMP: Well we're going to look at it. I'm -- I'm open to everything. Hey look, I think it's a shame what's happening in Chicago.
QUESTION: What else have you done ...
TRUMP: I'm in Chicago a lot, too. I have nice things in Chicago, you know that, right? And I hate to see what's happening. They're having numbers -- the numbers of people being shot and killed, and it's -- it's not -- it's not for this country.
So they have to do something, and I am totally open -- if we can do it a different way Kanye, I'm totally open. But they have to do -- I mean we all agree they have to do something, that's for sure.
QUESTION: Mr. President, is it a law enforcement issue, a legislation ...
TRUMP: Well maybe it's a combination of both. Yeah, I guess it is, but I think it's probably a combination of both and it's also a respect issue. They respect this guy, they respect this guy. That's a big thing.
Right now, they're not respecting -- let's say you're Mayor or let's say you're leadership in Chicago, but certainly it shouldn't be happening, what's going on there should not be happening. Steve? Go ahead.
QUESTION: What do you want this meeting to lead to in terms of prison ...
TRUMP: Honestly, from our standpoint, this was just set up to be a lunch of two people that I like, and I guess they like me. And we're going to have lunch, we're going to talk.
WEST: You said -- you said I guess you know I love you.
TRUMP: I know you do. I don't want to take -- I don't want to put you in that spot.
WEST: No I -- I'm standing in that spot, I love this guy right here. Let me give this guy a hug right here. I love this guy right here.
TRUMP: That's really nice, and that's from the heart. I didn't want to put you in that position. But that's from the heart. Special guy. These two are special people. Whether you like it, whether you don't like it, they're special people.
And I appreciate it -- Jim, Kanye, I appreciate it. So let's go have some lunch, OK? Thank you all very much, that was really great. Great job).