WASHINGTON D.C. — Kanye West sat down with President Donald Trump alongside of Jim Brown for a meeting at the White House on Thursday.
Sporting his red “Make America Great Again,” Kanye discussed topics including prison reform, mental health, the 13th Amendment, and his love for the president.
With Brown and senior adviser Jared Kushner by his side, West shared his thoughts on prison reform, specifically a pardon for street legend Larry Hoover. His attorney Justin Moore explained that the Gangster Disciples kingpin six consecutive life sentences are a bit brash. In 1973, Hoover was sentenced to 150 to 200 years in prison for killing a drug dealer in California. He was later given more time in 1973 for reportedly overseeing gang activity from prison. The now 67-year-old has been stripped of his gangster aura and has been cited as a peacemaker between gang members, a point West attempted to make with Trump before he started rambling.
“The reason why they imprisoned him is because he started doing positive for the community,” West said. “He started showing that he actually had power, that he wasn’t just one of a monolithic voice, but he could wrap people around. So there’s theories that there’s infinite amounts of the universe and there’s alternate universe. So it’s very important for me to get Hoover out, because, in an alternate universe, I am him. And I have to go and get him free because he was doing positive inside of Chicago, just like how I’m moving back to Chicago and it’s not just about, you know, getting on stage and being an entertainer and having a monolithic voice that’s forced to be a specific party.”
The meeting concluded with West getting up to give Trump a hug.
“I love this guy right here. Let me give this guy a hug,” said Kanye, to which Trump responded, “That’s really nice. And that’s from the heart. I didn’t want to put you in that position.”
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