"What I saw was a minstrel show today." — CNN's Don Lemon
"Kanye West is what happens when Negroes don’t read." — CNN’s Bakari Sellers.
"He’s the token Negro of the Trump administration." — CNN’s Tara Setmayer.
"How is it OK to put Kanye on display like this?" — CNN's Chris Cuomo.
"Put Kanye on display like this?" That's a remarkable question, and if a white conservative made it against a black liberal, the Left would immediately conjure up images of slaves on the auction block, chained up and brutally whipped to keep in check.
But the words just rolled off Cuomo's tongue in a strange rant on his CNN show, a rant that included a flat-out assertion that West is "mentally ill." (That, by the way, was the consensus of the mainstream media and the limousine liberals: Kanye must be nuts if he supports President Trump).
Yet the man Trump put "on display" is an American phenom. He's no kid, he's 41. And he runs a billion-dollar business. He's famous worldwide — Tiger Woods famous — and has a bazillion followers on social media, and everything he says and does makes news. He's among the most critically acclaimed musicians in the world and one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
What's more, his story runs along similar lines to that of former President Barack Obama: A middle-class upbringing, growing up for part of his childhood in a faraway country, a deep connections to Chicago — a true American success story. And if he were liberal, he'd be a hero to the MSM.
But Kanye's different. The rapper supports Trump, and that the glitterati (which nowadays really does include the media) just can't abide.
West held court on Thursday in the Oval Office in an extraordinary meeting with the president. Was it like any other sit down in the esteemed office — ever? Not even close. Yeezy let his mind just roll, speaking from "the soul," and he sometimes left us all behind.
The rapper doesn't speak like a politician, or even an everyday American. He's an artist, one with a billion dollars, and people like that are known to indulge their slightest whim, think on a different level from those of us who have to pick up the kids after work and remember to grab a gallon of milk on the way home.
But a thinker Kanye is. Here are just two of the 847 things he said to Trump:
"We can bend a bit on this side, we can bend a bit on that side, and we can learn how to be malleable ... We don't have to stick to our old traditions. We aren't a side — we are one unit, we are one country, we are one moment in history and time."
"What I need 'Saturday Night Live' to improve on, what I need the liberals to improve on, is if he don't look good, WE don't look good. This is our president! He has to be the freshest, the flyest!"
Smart stuff there.
But to blacks like Lemon and Setmayer, West is a traitor to his race. They think the "black community" must stand in unison to oppose Republicans and support Democrats. Anything less than toeing the line makes one a traitor to his race, and perhaps, in the context of Kanye, mentally ill. And to whites like Cuomo, it's a chance to be flat-out racist, without worry of backlash from black leaders.
Still, West is saying things no one else can say. And yes, he loves the media spotlight — and being a contrarian — but his message to blacks is simple: Think for yourself. Look at the facts, then make up your own mind.
In a controversial appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this month, West said this: “Ninety percent of news are liberal. Ninety percent of TV, LA, New York, writers, rappers, musicians, so it’s easy to make it seem like it’s so so so one-sided,” he said. "The blacks weren’t always Democrats. You know it’s like the plan they did, to take the fathers out the home and put them on welfare. Does anybody know about that? That’s a Democratic plan."
At the White House on Thursday, he said this: "People expect that if you’re black you have to be Democrat. I have a — I've had 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 limited amount of jobs. So the fathers lose the jobs, and they say, 'We’ll give you more money for having more kids in your home.'”
And that's the reason the "black community" and CNN is so afraid: Kanye isn't wrong. They know that. They know that West — who leads a legion of followers and could well run for president in 2024 — is an extremely powerful voice in America. So they try to dismiss him in any way possible, even if it means being racist.
But they're right to be frightened. Very frightened. Kanye is here to stay, like it or not. As he said in the Oval Office: "One of the moves that I love that liberals try to do — the liberal would try to control a black person through the concept of racism, because they know that we are very proud, emotional people. So when I said 'I like Trump' to, like, someone that’s liberal, they’ll say, 'Oh, but he’s racist.' You think racism could control me? Oh, that don’t stop me!"