In a freewheeling Oval Office press conference on Thursday afternoon, rapper Kanye West ruminated on what attracted him to President Donald Trump, saying that he likes Trump’s “male energy.”
Seated across from the president at the Resolute Desk, West said he he feels like “Superman” when he wears his “Make America Great Again” hat.
West said former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign didn’t make him feel “like a guy that could play catch with his son.”
In a freewheeling Oval Office press conference on Thursday afternoon, rapper Kanye West delivered a succinct explanation for his attraction to President Donald Trump: “male energy.”
Seated across from the president at the Resolute Desk and wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, West delivered a nearly 10-minute long monologue in which he said he feels like “Superman” when he dons the MAGA hat.
“This hat — it gives me power in a way,” West said.
While the rapper says he didn’t vote in the 2016 election, he said that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s “I’m With Her” slogan didn’t make him feel “like a guy that could play catch with his son.” West said that because his parents separated when he was young and his wife’s family is female-dominated, he needed more “male energy” in his life.
“The campaign ‘I’m with her’ just didn’t make me feel, as a guy that didn’t get to see my dad all the time, like a guy that could play catch with his son,” he said. “It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman.”
He told Trump, “You made a Superman cape for me.”
West, who has faced widespread criticism for his high-profile support for Trump and his controversial comments on issues like slavery, bounced from one topic to another, discussing criminal justice reform, an Apple-designed Air Force One, and his own mental health diagnosis.
Trump called West’s rambling, impassioned speech “pretty impressive,” adding that the rapper could speak for him “anytime he wants.”
“He’s a smart cookie,” Trump said. “He gets it.”
“That was quite something,” Trump added before posing for photos.
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Source:: Business Insider