President Donald Trump welcomed businessman and rapper Kanye West, along with former NFL football star Jim Brown, to the White House for a conversation over lunch, and their remarks to the media in the Oval Office prior to that lunch were … interesting, to say the least.
On more than one occasion during the 24-minute media event, West launched into a rapid-fire monologue that bounced around from topic to topic, almost as if his mouth couldn’t match the pace set by his 100-mph thought process.
West spoke about the need for certain forms of policing and prison system reform, as well as the need for improved educational and employment opportunities in inner cities of places like Chicago. He also called out liberals multiple times and spoke of his great admiration for the president.
Aside from a few swear words that slipped out, and the rambling nature of his commentary, West nevertheless dropped several truth bombs on the gathered reporters in the Oval Office, which can be seen in its entirety right here: (Caution: Some explicit language.)
Needless to say, West’s commentary in the White House was not well received by a pair of hosts at MSNBC, who seemed to be nothing short of dumbstruck and nearly speechless after the coverage had concluded and the live feed returned to the MSNBC studio.
“Woooooooooow, OK,” said co-host Ali Velshi, as he began to wave his arms wildly in the air. “I’m doing this for everyone watching who turned their volume down. You can put it back up again.”
“That was bonkers,” Velshi added.
Co-host Stephanie Ruhle chimed in, “And if you think you’re going to get thoughtful play-by-play and political analysis, you’re not, because that was an assault on our White House.”
“We’re not, uh, er … we can’t analyze some of that stuff that was said,” Velshi said. “As we warned you at the top, there was a little bit of profanity — there was actually more than you heard, we were able to bleep some of it out — uh, but there was some that did make it in there.”
“Um, that was crazy, that was bonkers. Uh, things that Kanye said …,” he added, before Ruhle interrupted to ask if she could share her favorite moment.
“He talked about he had a lack of male role models in his life growing up, and the reason he was drawn to MAGA was because of the ‘male power,'” said Ruhle, in a mangled interpretation of what West had actually stated.
“When he put that cap on, he felt like a guy who could play catch with his son,” said Velshi. To which Ruhle added, “Because he didn’t have that opportunity, which was stunning.”
To be fair, West can be hard for liberals to take under any circumstances. And on Thursday, the rapper was all over the place with his rapid-fire remarks that swiftly shifted directions, making an immediate, thoughtful reaction to his commentary a bit more difficult than might normally be.
That said, the MSNBC hosts didn’t even attempt to hide their utter disdain for everything they had just witnessed, whether that be West’s decent arguments intermingled among the rambling commentary or the playful yet respectful back-and-forth remarks between West and Trump, who both came across as incredibly genuine and pleased to be engaged in the discussion.
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