Kanye West: Trump is on a ‘hero’s journey’ for America
Wearing a red “MAGA” hat, rapper Kanye West met with President Trump on prison reform and other issues Thursday, joking that the president probably never expected to have “a crazy motherf-----” like him as a political ally.
“Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” Mr. West told reporters during a meeting at the White House. “You are tasting a fine wine.”
Mr. West, who has been harshly criticized by many blacks on the left for working with Mr. Trump, visited the White House with former NFL star Jim Brown to discuss economic opportunities and other topics with the president and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
“I’m here to serve,” Mr. Brown told the president.
Referring to his “Make America Great Again” hat, Mr. West said, “They tried to scare me to not wear this hat.” He was referring to a recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live” in which cast members tried to talk him out of wearing the hat on TV.
Mr. Trump said of the hip-hop artist, “He can speak for me anytime he wants. He’s a smart cookie. He gets it.”
Mr. West said his intention is “to release the love throughout the country.”
“We don’t have the reparations but we have the 13th Amendment,” he said of the amendment that abolished slavery in 1865. “We got to open up the whole conversation.”
Asked if Mr. West might be a future presidential candidate, Mr. Trump replied, “Could very well be.”
Mr. West added, “Only after 2024.”