Is anybody else buying rapper Kanye West’s MAGA act?
I mean, is he a bona fide, true MAGA believer, or is this a massive work of performance art, crafted to grab headlines?
To be fair, it’s more ludicrous than his “I’m gonna let you finish” stunt, which launched 1,000 memes.
Oddly enough, West and the subject of his “I’m gonna let you finish” line, Taylor Swift, find themselves intersecting again, as Swift has decided to open up and endorse Democrat politicians, drawing the ire of Republicans that believed the memes of Taylor in a red MAGA cap.
West, on the other hand, is wearing the MAGA cap for real, and getting his own share of attention: Positive from the MAGAdooks, and negative from the left, who struggle with the idea that there are black Americans on the Trump train.
West, along with another deep thinker, Kid Rock, were at the White House today to talk a number of issues, with the first being to witness the signing of the Music Modernization Act – an update to copyrights for the digital age.
It was when West and a gaggle of reporters were allowed into the Oval Office that things got bizarre.
West did what Kanye West does: created a scene.
With his red MAGA cap, cameras flashing, the Kardashian supporting playing rambled on about prison reform, jobs, politics, and the ethereal plane of existence. He interjected profanity and banged his fist on the Resolute Desk, a bit.
And he’s apparently bipolar.
OH – make no mistake. This was all about ‘Ye.
At the end of the 10-minute monologue, during which Mr. Trump had nodded in approval, the president said: “That was quite something.”
West replied: “It was from the soul. I just channeled it.”
“I love this guy right here,” West said, walking behind the desk to hug the seated president, who said: “That’s really nice.”
Where was the Secret Service during this display?
And apparently, a red MAGA cap is the equivalent of Superman’s cape. There’s a kicker.
He does make one coherent point.
“You know, my dad and my mum separated, so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home.”
He continued: “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.”
Addressing Mr. Trump, he added: “There was something about when I put this hat on it made me feel like Superman.
“You made a Superman – that’s my favourite superhero – you made a Superman cape for me.”
Identity politics can only carry you so far. If you build your campaign around your niche group, rather than trying to reach all voters, or at least the majority of voters, then you risk alienating enough voters to cost yourself the election.
“People expect that if you’re black, you have to be Democrat,” he said.
“If he [President Trump] don’t look good, we don’t look good,” he said at one point, attacking the “liberals” on the Saturday Night Live show who have criticised his support for Mr. Trump.
Mr. Trump won 8% of the African-American vote in 2016.
So can we expect a President Kanye in the future?
West told reporters: “Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we have is today.
“Trump is on his hero’s journey right now.”
“You might not have expected a crazy [expletive] like Kanye running up to support.”
Education is important though, right, ‘Ye?
“Sometimes people say, ‘This kid has ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder], this kid has ADD.'”
“You don’t have ADD, school is boring.
“It is boring, it’s not as exciting as this,” he said gesturing towards his mobile phone.
The White House lunch was meant to discuss West’s hometown, Chicago, and the crime problem they struggle with.
He asked Mr. Trump to pardon the leader of a notorious Chicago street gang, and called on the president to build “Trump factories” in Chicago.
At one point he did disagree with Mr. Trump, saying that he considers police “stop-and-frisk” to be unhelpful.
Mr. Trump has called upon Chicago police to institute the practice, which allows random searches.
“I didn’t mean to put you on blast like that, bro,” West told Mr Trump.
I don’t know what “Trump factories” are, but I’m afraid there are mills out there that churn out Trump clones.
West went on to display is total lack of knowledge regarding anything pertinent to world issues.
“I like the North Korea,” West said.
“You stopped the war,” he told Mr Trump.
“Day One, solved one of his biggest problems. We solved one of the biggest problems.”
The danger here is not in celebrities puffing themselves up to be experts in policy. The danger, as always, is in the susceptibility of Donald Trump to empty flattery.