After Kanye West left his lunch meeting with President Donald Trump, during which he said some truly bizarre things, he had some more to get off his chest. So he jumped on a table and gave a speech at a local Apple Store.
Jack Jenkins, a reporter for Religion News Service, witnessed the surprising scene and live-tweeted it.
“Hey, I’m feet from Kanye in a DC Apple Store apparently,” Jenkins tweeted Thursday afternoon.
What did Kanye say?
For reasons unknown, West entered the Apple Store and asked employees if he could give a “keynote speech.” Apparently deciding it didn’t matter whether or not the store staff approved of this speech, West jumped on a table.
According to Jenkins, West told those gathered that he made an updated MAGA hat that left off the word “again,” because that part of the slogan “hurts black people.” He also bragged that Trump had worn the hat, showing people a picture on his phone for proof.
After that, he told everyone he was heading to an unspecified location in Africa, possibly to finish his next album.
He’s announcing he made a hat for Trump that says “made an updated hat that says ‘make America great’ without the ‘again’…and Trump wore it!”
Shows a picture on his iphone of Trump wearing said hat.
Says the “again” part of the original slogan “hurts back people.” pic.twitter.com/mt2vO3Sl86
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) October 11, 2018
This writer’s perspective
West’s day was full of public speaking, although much of what he said didn’t make any sense to anyone besides him.
For example, West said during his discussion with Trump that he would like to see the 13th Amendment abolished. Yes, that’s the one that abolished slavery. Here’s how he tried to explain it to Trump:
“There’s a lot of things affecting our mental health that makes us do crazy things that puts us back into that trap door called the 13th Amendment. I did say abolish with the hat on, because why would you keep something 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, right? Would you build a trap door that if you mess up, and you accidentally — something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You gotta remove all that trap door out of the relationship. The four gentlemen that wrote the 13th Amendment — and I think the way the universe works, it’s perfect! We don’t have 13 floors.”
2018 is wild.
Kanye on the 13th amendment: "We don’t have 13 floors, do we?" pic.twitter.com/w8cWoB2cIK
— Complex (@Complex) October 11, 2018
None of that makes much sense. Some have charitably interpreted West’s stance as speaking out against the clause in the amendment that allows for prison labor (“…except as punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted”). I have my doubts. This is the same guy who said slavery was a choice and time is a myth.
Regardless, I think we should all take a pause before joining our political beliefs and causes, whether liberal or conservative, to someone as erratic and attention-starved as West. And based on Kanye’s view of the 13th Amendment, the National Rifle Association may want to find a better celebrity advocate for the right to bear arms. He’s a little shaky when it comes to the Constitution.