Kanye West has been in the news a lot lately, and hardly just for his (debated) musical prowess. The rapper turned right wing political icon (seriously?) visited with President Donald Trump yet again this Thursday, not long after ranting in his favor during an appearance on the season opener of Saturday Night Live, one of many favorite targets of his icon. Parts of this latest time with the president made as much sense as that SNL rant did; at one point, West whipped out plans for a “hydrogen powered iPlane” to replace Air Force One.
In West’s world, this plane will be built by Apple, the company behind the plenty of other products on the market with an “i-” prefix — and which the rapper touted as American. There’s no apparent indication that he’s been in actual contact with anyone at Apple about the idea, although he had “plans” which he showed the president on his phone. West also showed Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner the plans, who laughed.
“It’s called the iPlane 1.” pic.twitter.com/X4C9mvk6H6
— VICE News (@vicenews) October 11, 2018
Journalist James Titcomb, looking closely at the images of West’s phone screen captured by members of the media who were in attendance, identified the “plans” as nothing more than ” a 2012 concept from an industrial designer.” (Perhaps Kushner was privy to this piece of info.)
BBC journalist Alistair Coleman quipped:
‘Call me a cynic, but it is, quite literally, a picture of a cool-looking plane he found on the internet.’
Although his assessment is hardly off-base, this nonsense is what the current president of the United States is giving a national platform. He’s met with him before and parrots his nonsense through other means when it comes around.
West explained his support for the president while in the Oval Office by praising the Trump camp’s “male energy,” which is reminiscent of previous public comments he made — that were picked up by the president — about the two of them sharing “dragon energy.”
He told those in attendance as part of commentary that included a ten minute rant:
‘There was something about when I put this hat on that made me feel like Superman. That’s my favorite superhero. You made a Superman cape for me.’
West certainly does love wearing a red Trump campaign “Make America Great Again” hat like he was sporting during his time with the president this week.
During his aforementioned recent appearance on SNL, he wore one (maybe the same one?) and claimed, apparently with no obvious basis, that some had attempted to bully him into taking it off.
In reality, West has gotten (apparently) fully behind a wholly racist president who has made his inclinations to that effect known time and time again. He’s claimed that groups ranging from Muslims to immigrants as a whole pose verifiable threats to the United States, and he’s insisted that black Americans have “nothing to lose” by supporting him as if they’re desperately lost and he’s their white Jesus.
West ignores this — because dragon energy, right?
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