President Donald Trump says he’s “open-minded” about stop-and-frisk policing. He made the comment as he met with rapper and producer Kanye West at the White House. (Oct. 11)
We can all agree with President Trump on at least one thing: Kanye West’s rambling, 10-minute speech in the Oval Office on Thursday was “quite something.”
The rapper’s monologue went over well with the National Rifle Association, who agreed with West on the source of the violence of Chicago.
“#Kanye couldn’t have said it better,” the lobbying group said in a tweet featuring a GIF with the headline, ‘We agree, ‘Ye.’ The post continued, “Illegal guns are the problem, and we have the right to bear arms. The #NRA’s nearly six million members are glad to see a celebrity who gets it, and who is willing to stand with the #2A.”
“Love him or hate him, Kanye gets it,” online firearm accessory seller @assaultlifellc tweeted. “You don’t punish the law abiding citizens because some dirtbag did something wrong with a gun.
The Kanye show: Rapper references Superman cape and swears at White House
Other people watching West’s Oval Office display found less to like.
ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith was too depressed by the spectacle to issue his own rant: “Watching @CNN, seeing Kanye at the White House this afternoon was some of the saddest stuff I’ve seen in quite some time. Not gonna go OFF, though. I’m just sad. I’ll leave it to y’all to state the obvious as to why.”
CNN media reporter Brian Stelter decided colleague S.E. Cupp summed up the situation most accurately: “That was really sad. I think you had there a man who’s clearly not okay, and a president who’s…willing to exploit that.”
Journalist Garrett M. Graff took the press to task for participating at all. “Dear media: You know you could have just *not* covered the Kanye meeting, right?” he wrote. “A tree falling in a forest, etc., etc.”
“Dumb handwringing over Trump having Kanye in the Oval Office after years of slobbering over the celebs that had meetings with Obama is the exact stuff that makes everyone hate the press and like Trump more,” @bccover pointed out.
“Reality meets reality television,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said as he shook his head during a chat with Washington Post reporter Robert Costa.
“I wouldn’t care about Kanye West’s public love and admiration for President Trump except for the fact that Trump is going to take Kanye’s words as speaking for ‘all of the Blacks’ and that can’t be allowed,” political strategist Jasmyne Cannick tweeted. “Kanye West doesn’t represent me, what I think or how I feel.”
Iyanla Vanzant, the star of the OWN reality show “Iyanla, Fix My Life,” was very clear: “I want to officially go on the record to say KANYE WEST does NOT SPEAK FOR ME or my son or my 4 grandsons or my great grandson or my father who was refused VA benefits or grandmother who cleaned houses and scrubbed toilets. I pray he does not get choked on his Superman cape.”
Writer Oliver Willis said it’s time for equality when it comes to calling black celebrities out.
“Stop excusing Kanye by invoking mental health,” he tweeted. “Just because he’s black doesn’t mean you can’t call him (an idiot) too.” Willis added, “If you need permission from a black person to call Kanye dumb, consider this your blessing.”
Others were so floored they decided to let photos and GIFs do the talking.
New York Times opinion writer Wajahat Ali captioned this photo “Superman watching Kanye at the Oval Office.”
NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch called out liberals for playing armchair psychiatrists.
Is it crazy to want to find common ground, Loesch wondered?
But both sides can probably agree to take pity on the innocent bystanders.
“Just think, somewhere there is a White House aide whose job it is to write the transcript of that Kanye/Trump meeting,” Buzzfeed’s David Mack pointed out.
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