Regardless of what side of the political spectrum one happens to be on, there’s no denying that Kanye West’s televised visit to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday was arguably the most bizarre broadcast to ever emanate from the Oval Office.
The 41-year-old rapper was in rare form, going off a 10-minute freestyle rant that touched on everything from abolishing the 13th Amendment (which outlaws slavery) to pitching a hydrogen-powered version of Air Force One to proclaiming that wearing a MAGA hat makes him feel like Superman — all peppered with the occasional “motherf**ker.”
Even the ever-loquacious president was left speechless. “That was quite something,” remarked Trump when he could get a word in. “That was quite something.”
That night, CNN anchor Don Lemon took to the airwaves to discuss what took place, and issued a scathing critique.
“I have no animosity for Kanye West. I’m just going to be honest and I may get in a lot of trouble for it. I actually feel bad for him. What I saw was a minstrel show today,” Lemon said.
“Him in front of all these white people, mostly with people, embarrassing himself and embarrassing Americans, but mostly African-Americans because every one of them is sitting either at home or with their phones, watching this, cringing,” Lemon continued. “I couldn’t even watch it. I had to turn the television off because it was so hard to watch. Him sitting there, being used by the President of the United States. The President of the United States exploiting him.”
Questioning the state of West’s mental health, Lemon begged West’s friends and family to “grab him, snatch him up and get Kanye together because Kanye needs help.”
In Lemon’s view, the whole thing was an “embarrassment. Kanye’s mother is rolling over in her grave. I spoke to one of her friends today. I texted with one of her friends today from Chicago. I used to live there. I know him. She said Donda would be embarrassed by this. She would be terribly disturbed by this.”
Addressing the rapper directly, Lemon declared: “Kanye, back away from the cameras. Go get some help. And then come back and make your case. If you want to be conservative, if you want to support Donald Trump, that is your business. But as you’re doing it, have some sense with it. Make sense. Educate yourself.”