We covered a bit of the meeting between President Donald Trump and rapper Kanye West at the Oval Office, as they were surrounded by press. Our initial report focused on West’s experience with the MAGA hat.
But the meeting contained so much more that could be consequential. West used the highly public venue to preach the value of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” approach, excoriate the Democrats, and persuade the president to reconsider implementing “stop and frisk” in Chicago.
The mainstream media is in an uproar over what they saw. For example, the pundits at CNN deemed the event “surreal”, as they engaged in mind-reading and projection to diminish the impact of West’s 10-minute speech on the African-American community. MSNBC had one analyst who referred to the meeting as a “blitzkrieg of blistering ignorance”.
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) October 12, 2018
Quite frankly, the only ignorance on display is from those “journalists” who failed to see that this was a skilled negotiation using the power of positive persuasion by a master of creativity, West, who was facing a master negotiator, Trump. I suspect that many of the regular Americans who have seen the video on social media, especially those in the minority communities, will reject the elitist, hostile, and nonsensical assertions about West’s dialogue.
I would like to review a few moments that stuck me. First of all, there was the direct aim at the Democrats, who act as if they are automatically entitled to the black vote.
You know, people expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat. I have conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat they say – you know first of all, it’s a limit to amount of jobs, so the fathers lose the job and they say, ‘We’ll give you more money for having more kids in your home.’
I would argue that with those words, West became the new civil rights leader for our era. And, because his focus is on jobs and self-empowerment, West will be successful where the Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Maxine Waters, and all the rest have failed.
…So, we can empower pharmaceuticals, we can empower our industries, we can empower our factories, we can bring, not only Adidas on shore, we could bring Foxconn and set up a factory in, I think, Minnesota [corrected by Trump that it’s Wisconsin].
Yeah, Wisconsin. They have 4,000 jobs, people making 53,000 a year.
West proved to be more of an expert on the US Constitution than the previous occupant of the Oval Office, too.
#Kanye couldn’t have said it better: 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. @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/RJffxucAM5
— NRA (@NRA) October 11, 2018
Finally, West was able to bring up an area of disagreement with the President.
The rapper also spoke against stop-and-frisk policing policies, which Trump recently expressed support for, especially in the city of Chicago. Trump said he was open to other ideas after West expressed reluctance on the policy.
“We feel that stop and frisk does not help with the relationship in the city and everyone knew I was coming here said, ‘ask about stop and frisk,’” West said.
It appears that West is focused on making Chicago a better place to live, and he has a track record of success and innovative ideas. The fact that this was was a negotiation to bring a new approach to the war-zone that is “Chiraq” was obviously lost on the mainstream media.
Additionally, West used positivity to try and improve race relations and perhaps mediate a peace accord between Trump and football player Colin Kaepernick, whose taking a knee during the national anthem has caused cultural turmoil.
“But I would love to see at the Super Bowl, Trump wearing the make America great hat, Colin wearing the — wearing the make America great and showing that we can bend a bit on this side, we can bend a bit on this side and we can learn how to be malleable in the infinite universe that we are, and the loving beings that we are. That we don’t have to stick to all traditions and — we are a side, we are one unit, we are one country, we are one moment in history in time.
Many African-Americans are responding the the professional pudit’s take on the West-Trump meeting with anger.
Went to bed appalled over @donlemon despicable behavior laughing at @TaraSetmayer and @Bakari_Sellers awful remarks about Kanye West’s visit with @realDonaldTrump!! Woke up wondering why @CNN doesn’t take all three off the air?#SHAMEFUL #CNN https://t.co/MwGWIfh8so
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) October 11, 2018
“Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read.”
–Bakari Sellers, (black) democrat strategist
“[West is] an attention whore, like the president…He’s the token Negro of the Trump administration.”
–Tara Setmeyer, (black) CNN analyst
But Trump’s an anti-black “RACIST”?
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) October 11, 2018
Others are mocking the analysis outright.
MSNBC host said the Kanye and Trump meeting was an assault on the White House.
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) October 11, 2018
I anticipate that this will be one of the most consequential meetings of Trump’s two terms. West’s dialog indicate the rapper may be the best civil rights leader for our time. so if you haven’t seen the video, check it out!DONATE
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