During his visit to the White House Oval Office, Kanye West told President Donald Trump that his friends tried to scare him by wearing his Make America Great Again hat.
Kanye West took his bromance with President Donald Trump to another level.
The rapper, who has become one of Trump's most high-profile celebrity followers, visited the White House on Thursday, where his scheduled lunch with President, Jared Kushner and Ivanka, Kid Rock and the Hall's runner Fame Jim Brown gave way to a snaking 10 minute Monologue.
During the lengthy discussion, West dropped an F-bomb ("Beep as you wish to do it and have a five-second delay," he warned reporters), explaining why he mocked former President George W. Bush as racist while he defended Trump ("he was in a victim mentality") and announced that he had been wrongly diagnosed with bipolar disorder when in fact he was only deprived of sleep.
Here is the full transcript of your meeting scheduled for lunch, as arranged by the White House Press Office.
Plus: YOU. Criticizes Kanye West for the Trump meeting: "I'm ashamed to have been associated with you."
Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump. They talked about one of the president's favorite talking points to promote the success of his administration: the record unemployment rate among blacks. (Photo: EVAN VUCCI / AP)
Triumph: And what people do not know, Kanye, everyone knows, right? Everyone – does the world know Kanye? Kanye, what people do not know about Jim, they say, in the first place, is the best soccer player. But they say he was an even better lacrosse player. Do you believe that?
Brown: I have never thought about it.
Brown: I have never thought about it.
Triumph: I heard that he was even in Syracuse.
Brown: I love the game Yes, I loved it. I loved all sports.
Triumph: Well, it's great to have you, Jim. Great to have you
Brown It's good to be here, Mr. President.
Triumph: Kanye, it's great to be with you.
West: Great to be here
In your friendship
Triumph: And these are two friends of mine. And Kanye has been a friend of mine for a long time. And Jim is … Jim came out of nowhere and said: "I like what the President does". We met a long time ago. Right? And I appreciate it very much.
And, you know, if you look at the job numbers, if you look at the median income, if you look at each indicator, we're fulfilling our promise, Jim. Thank you. And I want to thank you.
In North Korea
Brown: And I like North Korea.
Triumph: I also like North Korea.
Yes. Yes, well, he … it turned out to be good. Dialogue. We had a small dialogue. And the Secretary of State has just returned – Mike. He has just returned from North Korea. We had very good meetings and we will meet again. But we are doing well. No more nuclear tests. No more missiles going up. No more nothing. And that … was heading to war. That was aimed at the war.
Brown: Yes. I mean, it was … for me, it looked like this.
Triumph: Yes. It was so close. We talked, I talked to President Obama. I'll tell you, he was heading to war. And now it's going to be, I think it's going to work very well.
West: You stopped the war
Triumph: We really stopped the war. He saved millions of lives. You know, Seoul has 30 million people. You do not realize how big thirty million people are near the border. 30 miles from the border Millions of people would have died and I will say that President Kim has been really good. Very good and we have advanced a lot.
It's good that you say that, because that's big, that's something important that these people were covering, they were not covering North Korea, I think it's not very promising. And there were many problems. President Obama said that was his biggest problem. And I'm not saying anything is resolved –
West: You, the first day, solved one of the biggest problems.
West: We solved one of the biggest problems.
Triumph: It was a great solution. And it has not been resolved yet, but I think we're fine, I think we're on the way.
No no. It is – we are well on our way.
In a short period of time, Jim. Very short period of time. You know, I left Singapore three months ago. And we have advanced a lot. So it's very good Hey, look, that's one of many things. But I appreciate everything with you.
In the visit of Kim Kardashian, reform of the prison.
Triumph: I'll tell you what: Kim was inside. Mrs. Johnson, we took it out. She was treated very unfairly. And there are many other people like that, that …
West: Yes, we have Larry Hoover's lawyer with us today. And he's a prisoner he concentrated on: he has six life sentences, and they have him next to the Unabomber doing 23 and 1. That means that
Triumph: What did he do? Larry? What happened?
Moore: Why was he?
Triumph Yes, tell me Tell us
Moore: Apparently, it's conspiracy from prison – from state prison. You know, it's alleged. But we do believe that even if he committed those crimes, the sentence was too broad and too strict.
Triumph: What was the sentence?
Moore: Six consecutive life sentences in the safest prison in the world, also known as "a clean version of hell", basically for an economic crime.
West: What prison is that? Name the prison.
Moore: ADX supermax, in Florence, Colorado. They house the Unabomber, Al Qaeda operatives, mass murderers, bombers from Oklahoma City, things of that nature.
Triumph: How old is he? How many years?
Triumph: 68 years old?
Moore: Yes, 68 years.
West: And really, the reason he was jailed is because he started doing positive things for the community. He began to show that he really had power, that he was not just a monolithic voice, but that he could envelop people.
So there are theories that there are infinite amounts of universe and there is an alternative universe. So it's very important for me to get Hoover out, because in an alternative universe, I'm him. And I have to go free him because he was having a positive attitude inside Chicago, just like I'm moving back to Chicago and it's not just about going on stage, being an artist and having a monolithic voice. Obliged to be a specific part.
West: You know, people expect that if you're black you have to be a democrat. I have one – I've had conversations that basically say that well-being is the reason why many blacks end up being Democrats. They say that, in the first place, it is a limited amount of work. So parents lose jobs and say, "We will give you more money to have more children in your home." And then, we got rid of the mental health institutes of the 80s and 90s, and the prison rates skyrocketed.
In Chicago homicide rate
West: And now you have "Chiraq", what people call "Chiraq", which is really, our homicide rate is decreasing by 20 percent each year. I just talked to the superintendent; met with Michael Sacks; that is (Mayor of Chicago) Rahm (Emanuel) right hand. So I think it's courage that helps you get through this game called life.
In & # 39; MAGA & # 39; hat, superpowers and Hillary Clinton
West: You know, they tried to scare me so I would not use this hat, my own friends. But this hat, he gives it to me, gives me power, somehow. You know, my dad and my mom separated, so I did not have much masculine energy in my home. And also, I'm married to a family that – (laughs) – you know, there's not much masculine energy going on. Although it's beautiful But there are times when, you know, there's something about … you know, I love Hillary. I love you all, right? But the "I'm with her" campaign just did not make me feel, like a boy, that I could not see my dad all the time, like a kid who could play ball with his son. It was something about when I put on this hat, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman. That was my – that's my favorite superhero. And you made yourself a Superman cape.
About the Yeezy Effect & # 39;
West: For me, also as a guy who respects you, admires Ralph Lauren, admires the guys in the American industry: not politicians, not (expletives). Give it the beep, as you want it to, five seconds. delay – and just enter and do it.
At this time, you gave me the heart to go to Adidas. Because in Adidas, when I entered, in 2015, we were a $ 14 billion company that was losing $ 2 billion a year. We now have a market capitalization of $ 38 billion. It is called the "Yeezy effect".
And I went to Casper. We had a meeting in Chicago. And I said: "You have to take the manufacture to the mainland." And not even the coast; in the core. It is not about the border; It is the core of Adidas. And Chicago is the core of Central America. And we have to make Central America strong.
So I had the balls, because I have enough balls to put on this hat. I mean, this Adidas thing made a billionaire. And I could have lost $ 200 million by moving away from that agreement. But even with that, I knew it was more important for me to risk moving away from that deal than to have no parents in Chicago without homes. And when we have a penitentiary reform, no, because it is habilitation, not rehabilitation, because they did not have the skills in the first place. We never had anyone to teach us. They did not teach us. Exactly, we did not have anyone to "teach" us. Right?
In the 13th Amendment
West: Therefore, it is more important than any specific agreement, anything, that we bring jobs to the United States and that we provide a transition with mental health and the Amer-I-Can education curriculum that Jim has worked on. Larry Hoover also has a curriculum in which he has worked. We have a Montessori curriculum in which we work. WeWork has a beautiful curriculum. The Waldorf establishment has a résumé. We have meditation. There are many things that affect our mental health that make us do crazy things that put us back in that trap called the 13th Amendment.
I said "abolish" with the hat on. Because why would you keep something around that is a trapdoor? If you are building an apartment, the Constitution is the foundation of our industry, right? From our country, from our company. Would you build a trap door if you get into the trap and … accidentally something happens, you fall and end up next to the Unabomber? You finish, you have to remove all that trap door from the relationship.
The four gentlemen who wrote the 13th Amendment and I think the way the universe works is perfect. We do not have 13 floors, right? You know, then all four, the four gentlemen who wrote the 13th Amendment did not look like the people they were amending. Also at that time, it was illegal for blacks to read or African-Americans to read. And that meant that if he really read the Amendment, he would be locked up and turned into a slave.
Rapper Kanye West, center, speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval office of the White House. The former soccer player Jim Brown is to the left of West. (Photo: OLIVER CONTRERAS / POOL / GETTY IMAGES)
On the misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, mental health.
West: Again, so what I believe is that we do not need sentences; we need forgiveness. We need to talk to people. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I connected with a neuropsychologist who works with the NBA and NFL athletes. And he looked at my brain, it's the same in three parts. I'll keep throwing some bombs for you – 98th percentile IQ test. I had a 75th percentile of all human beings, but I counted eight numbers upside down, (inaudible), so I'm going to work on that. The others, 98 percent – Tesla, Freud.
Then he said that he was not really bipolar; I was lacking sleep, which could cause dementia within 10 to 20 years, where I would not even remember the name of my son. So I have all the power that I have, and I take my son to the Sox game and all that, I could not remember his name from a misdiagnosis.
And what we need is that we can strengthen pharmaceutical products and earn more money. That is one thing: I have never entered a situation in which I did not earn more money for people. So we can promote pharmaceutical products, we can strengthen our industries, we can strengthen our factories. Not only can we bring Adidas to the coast, we can also bring it, Foxconn has created a factory in Minnesota, I think.
Jared Kushner: Wisconsin.
West: Fifty three thousand
Triumph: Wisconsin. Yes. Wisconsin.
West: Yes. Wisconsin. They have 4,000 jobs. People who earn $ 53,000 a year. And one of the things that we have to configure is that Ford has the best design. The most dopest cars. The most amazing thing. I do not really say "dope". I do not say negative words and I try to turn them around. We only say positive, lovely divine universal words, So the most flying, coolest, most amazing car.
And what we want to start with is that I brought a gift right here. This here is the iPlane1. It is a plane powered by hydrogen. And this is what our president should be flying. Look at this, Jared. (Laughter.)
Triumph: We'll get rid of Air Force One. Can we get rid of Air Force One? (Laughter.) Right? You do not like that idea.
West: Well, we're going to have Apple, an American company, working on this plane with …
But you know what I do not like, it's not that I do not like it, what I need to improve "Saturday Night Live", or what I need the liberals to improve, if he does not look good. We do not see each other well This is our president.
Triumph: It is true.
West: He has to be the coolest, the aviator, the most fervent planes, the best factories. And we have to make our core in power. We have to bring jobs to the United States because our best export is entertainment and ideas. But when we do everything in China and not in the United States, we are cheating our country and putting people in the position of having to do illegal things to end up in a cheaper factory: the penitentiary system.
In Trump looking good
Triumph: I'll tell you what, that was pretty awesome, folks. (Laughter.) You know, I hate to say this, Jim, do you want to say something? (Laughter.) What are you doing after that?
You are, please, Jim. Please.
Brown: If he does not look good, we do not look good.
Triumph: Great indeed. Is not that a great statement?
Brown: Yes it is.
Triumph: And it is so true.
Brown: It makes a lot of sense.
Triumph: As a country It is – very – I have never seen Jim Brown impressed before. (Laughter.) I was impressed. It is true. That statement is incredible, huh?
Brown: Yes Yes. It makes a lot of sense.
Triumph: I mean it's great to have you here. And we go and we go to lunch.
That was quite something. That was quite something.
West: It was of the soul. I just channeled it.
Reporter: Can I ask Kanye a quick question?
Triumph: Really very interesting.
Yes Yes. Please.
On former President George W. Bush and racism
Reporter: That's what you said, about President Bush, who does not care about blacks. And you've heard some people say that about this President. How do you respond to that? What do you think about that?
West: I think we have to worry about all the people. And I think when I went to NBC, I felt very excited, and I was programmed to think from a victimized mindset. A welfare mentality
I think that with blacks and African-Americans, we really get caught up in the idea of racism about the idea of the industry. We say that if people do not have land, they settle for the brands We want again to the Obama sports polo. We want a brand more than we want land. Because we have not known how it feels to have our own land and the ownership of our own blocks.
So, when you do not have the property, then it's all about how something looks. It's about the patina; It's not about the soul, it's not about the nucleus. So we focus more on, is someone who carries something; It's someone disrespectful, so I have to shoot them. Or the idea that someone is racist.
On police brutality
West: You know, we talk about police killings, that we definitely have to argue, and we have to bring nobility to the police officers and make them, the police officers are like us. But there's all this hate construction, right? And that is something important about racial tension.
And we, as black people, have to take responsibility for what we are doing. We kill ourselves more than the police. And that does not mean that the police officer is not a problem, because they are in a place, a position of power. But sometimes they are in a place of law enforcement. They need to be power of law. It is force against power. And when you should not have to force people to do that.
So many times the police officer is sitting there, they are forced to do this and they are forced to make that block. And then they force someone to something and force something. We have to release love throughout the country and give opportunities. Many times it's just the general lack of reparations that we, at any given time, say, "Oh, this is racist, this is racist, this is racist, this is racist."
So we do not have reparations, but we have the 13th Amendment. We have to open the whole conversation. Then, and that is a movement. One of the movements that I love that the liberals try to do: the liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism, because they know that we are very proud and emotional people. So, when I said "I like Trump" to someone who is liberal, they will say: "Oh, but he is racist." Do you think racism could control me? Oh, that does not stop me. That is an invisible wall.
Reporter: But you do not think, do you reject those who say it is racist?
West: In your question – and you had a question; Let's do it with another question.
Reporter: (Laughter.) It's okay.
West: I answered your question. I do not answer questions in simple fragments. You are trying a good wine. You have multiple notes for it. (Laughter.) You'd better play 4D chess as if it were the "Minority Report." Because it is not so simple. It is complex
On crime improvement in Chicago.
Reporter: When would you like? I'm from the Chicago Sun Times, sir. I would like to know what you would like to ask President Trump to do for Chicago. You are here to talk about crime in Chicago.
West: What the chief of police and Mike Sacks met with me last night at Soho's house was that we felt that "stopping and checking in" does not help relationships in the city. And everyone who knew that he came here said: "Ask about stopping and registering." That is the most important thing that we are having this conversation.
Another thing is the opening of industries. And we also have to get some tax benefits. Because we are winning, we have a Speedfactory in Atlanta, but the shoes cost us $ 300, so it is too hard for us to do things.
So we need some prototypes here so that people can go back to work, so that China can not defeat us and Vietnam can not defeat us. You have Levi & # 39; s, the best jeans company in the world, making their jeans in Vietnam.
So we're going to need some breaks to be able to have some places in my hometown of Chicago, and 2.7 million to the 9 million surrounding suburbs where we can create some factories.
Now, I think it would be great for them to be Trump factories, because he is a master of the industry. He is a builder. And I think it would be great to have Yeezy ideation centers, which would be a combination of education that empowers people and gives them modern information as, sometimes, people say, "This child has ADD This child has ADD." does not have ADD. The school is boring. It was boring. It is not as exciting as this. We have to make it more exciting. We have to mix curriculums.
You play basketball while doing math. You learn about music while you meditate in the morning. We have to install art and mental health programs in the city. So those are …
And also, Larry Hoover is an example of a man who was changing his life, and as soon as he tried to change his life, he was beaten with six life sentences. So I think he says do not tear down the statues. Larry Hoover is a living statue. He is a beacon for us who needs to see his family; That needs to come out and represent. When you have a block leader in each block, they can own the block as their own. That's something I learned from Jim Brown, from "Amer-I-Can".
We need to set up study plans for the people who really came from the streets, not for people who were just trying to install us in a work system or prison that applies to what people are really going through, that Jim Brown has created.
On the second amendment
Journalist: What about armed violence? With all the debate about the Second Amendment going on, how do you fix that?
West: The problem is illegal weapons. Illegal weapons are the problem, not the legal weapons. We have the right to carry arms.
Reporter: President Trump has said he is in favor of "stop and register". Are the boys going to be discussing that? Do you think you can change your mind?
West: Yes. Let's discuss that. I did not want to blow you up like that, brother, but …
Triumph: No no. It's okay. (Laughter.)
West: But this is definitely a …
Triumph: Hi, I'm open minded. I'm here. I'm open minded.
In West joining Trump in election campaign
Reporter: Mr. President, would you like me to speak at one of your meetings?
Triumph: He can speak for me anytime he wants. He has been a great guy. He is a smart cookie. Intelligent. He gets them These two guys – Jim Brown. He has been doing this for a long time.
Brown: Yes sir.
In the west running for president
Reporter: Is this a future presidential candidate?
Triumph: It could very well be.
West: Only after him. It will be 2024.
Triumph: It could very well be. That is good. I'm glad to hear that.
In the future, or lack thereof.
West: We have a good, and the thing is that we stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We only have today. Again and again and again, the eternal return. The journey of the hero. And Trump is on his hero's journey right now. And he might not have expected to have a crazy (rough) like Kanye West rose and supported, but I think we're going to make the United States great.
Now, the thing is mine, another thing is that blacks have a problem with the word "again". And I think, my opinion is that I'm going to launch, I'm going to go to the end, (inaudible), because time is a myth. Everything we have is now. All we have is today.
So the word "again" does not hurt us because the idea of racism and slavery are different things; It hurts us because we have to focus on who we are now, today, I think.
Kanye meets Trump and plays for the press. (Photo: SAUL LOEB / AFP / GETTY IMAGES)
On the hat MAGA and Colin Kaepernick.
West: So I actually brought some hats that have a bit of transition. I'm not trying to put you – (inaudible) in the place a bit. I made a hat that says "Make America great". Only that.
But I would love to see, in the Super Bowl, Trump with the "Make America Great" hat; Colin (Kaepernick) doing – using "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 to be malleable in the infinite universe that we are. and the loving beings that we are. That we do not have to adhere to our traditions. And we are not a side. We are a unit. We are a country We are a moment in history and time. I've been here before, but now we're here together. And our greatest value that people have are other people. And we have to stop working (inaudible). It's like a gang again.
On the energy of the Oval Office.
Triumph: Let me ask you this question. You are in the Oval Office –
West: AGREE. (Laughter.)
Triumph: How does it feel to be in the Oval Office?
West: Oh, it's good energy in this.
Triumph: Is not it good energy?
West: It is good energy.
Triumph: It is a great place. Jim, how do you feel?
Brown: I feel good. I really feel good. And thanks to you too.
On the importance of their meeting.
Triumph: You are very respected. And what Kanye is doing has been incredible. They are talking about this all over the world. And I have to tell you that today I had important meetings with senators and everything. Nobody cared. They wanted this meeting. This is the meeting. It's okay? I can tell Jon.
Reporter: We also worry about other things.
Triumph: The others were fine, right? But this is what they want.
Brown: (Inaudible) honor you would be here.
Triumph: Well, it's my honor, Jim. I want to tell you. I've been a fan of yours for a long time.
Brown: Well thank you very much.
Triumph: Long time. No-one like you. No-one like you. There is no athlete like you.
Brown: Well, do you know why I'm here? I'm here to serve.
Triumph: Yes. That's very good, Jim.
Brown: I'm not here to ask for anything. (Inaudible.)
Triumph: And you know, that has always been the way Jim has been, for a long time. And he just wanted to help. And it's something special.
Jennifer, did you have a question?
In stop and frisking
Reporter: I guess, just you, what do you feel about stopping and registering? Are you going to, you know?
Triumph: Well, let's see it.
Reporter: – Follow up on your comment (inaudible)?
Triumph: I am open to everything. Hey, look, I think it's a shame what's happening in Chicago.
About crime in chicago
Reporter: And what else can be done in Chicago?
Triumph: I'm also in Chicago a lot. I have beautiful things in Chicago. Do you know it well? And I hate to see what is happening. They are having numbers, the number of people who are shot and killed, and it is not for this country. So they have to do something. And I am totally open. If we can do it in another way, Kanye, I'm totally open. I mean, we all agree that they have to do something, that's for sure.
Reporter: Mr. President, is it a problem of law enforcement? Legislation, legislative issue?
Triumph: Well, maybe it's a combination of both. Yes, I guess so. But I think it's probably a combination of both. And it's also a matter of respect. They respect this boy. They respect this boy. That is a great thing. At this time, they are not respecting, let's say, their mayor, or let's say their leadership in Chicago. But it certainly should not be happening. What is happening there should not be happening.
On the penitentiary reform
Reporter: Sir, what does this meeting want to do in terms of prison reform?
Triumph: Honestly, from our point of view, this was created to be a lunch of two people that I like. And I guess they liked it. And we are going to have lunch. Let's talk
West: You said: you said, I suppose, you know that I love you.
Triumph: I know.
West: I did –
Triumph: But I do not want to take, I do not want to put you in that place, but
West: No, I'm standing in that place. I love this boy right here. Let me give a hug to this guy right here. (Laughter.) I love this guy here.
Triumph: That is very nice Come here. That is very nice And that is from the heart. I did not want to put you in that position. (Laughter.) But that's from the heart. Special boy
These two are special people. If you like it, if you do not like it, they are special people. And I appreciate it. Jim, Kanye, I appreciate it. So let's have lunch.
Thank you very much to all.
Contributing: Jayme Deerwester, John Fritze and Maeve McDermott
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