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Kanye’s White House speech got weird fast.
Kanye West joined President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday ostensibly to discuss prison reform, but ended up delivering a rambling monologue that touched on the 13th Amendment, his mental health, and his upbringing.
Upon entering the Oval Office, West ran up to the president to hug him, later saying, “I love this man right here!”
West also talked about his childhood, saying, “My dad and my mom separated, so there was not a lot of male energy in my home and also I’m married to a family where, you know, there’s not a lot of male energy.”
West compared his red “Make America Great Again” cap to “a Superman cape,” saying the hat empowered him to do good.
“There was something about when I put this hat on it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman, that’s my favorite superhero, you made a Superman cape for me,” West said.
Twitter was not having this analogy.
Before these stupid MAGA hats, I had a red Leinenkugel’s hat that fit me perfectly. I don’t wear it or any other wear red hats any more because I don’t want to be mistaken for a Trumper! Why does Kanye wanna wreck Superman too!?!
— Karen M (@dotnboo) October 11, 2018
What Kanye sees when he puts on a MAGA hat: Superman
What the rest of us see: pic.twitter.com/tHarllJU6C
— Royal Priest (@MLCHZDK) October 11, 2018
Kanye says the hat makes him feel like Superman. White.
— Tallish Gambino (@pedlow1977) October 11, 2018
Kanye: “The MAGA hat makes me feel like Superman!”
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) October 11, 2018
Kanye: there was something about this hat that made me feel like Superman.
— its my birthday. (@whyyousoloudfor) October 11, 2018
2018 is WILD!! Wearing the maga hat makes Kanye feel like superman because of the lack of male power he’s had in his life… https://t.co/VBYdD6GliU
— Justin⚡️ (@bertneyspears) October 11, 2018
West also said that he had been mistakenly diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but is merely sleep-deprived and that he had been bullied for wearing his MAGA hat.
Regarding the 13th Amendment, which West has been criticized for saying should be abolished, he said, “Why would you keep something around that’s a trap door? If you’re building a floor, the Constitution is the base of our industry, of our country, of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You got to remove all that trap door out of the relationship.” It is completely unclear what West meant by this.
After West finished speaking, Trump called him a “smart cookie” and said that West could speak for him any time. Trump also suggested that West run for president.
Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.