On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Friday, host and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro suggested Kanye West’s message to President Donald Trump at the White House yesterday “was wild,” but “important for the culture.”
“So, it was wild,” said Ben Shapiro about President Donald Trump’s meeting with Kanye West at the White House yesterday. “I mean, let’s not pretend that this was a meeting of brilliant minds on serious issues. It was Kanye West and Donald Trump in the Oval Office in a scene directly out of “Idiocracy.” But was it important for the culture that there be somebody in a prominent position to say, ‘Yeah, I’m allowed to think for myself’? Yeah, that’s important stuff.”
Ben Shapiro’s comments came after Kanye West, who brought football Hall of Famer Jim Brown with him, to meet with President Donald J. Trump at the White House yesterday, driving some in the media to flip out over “bonkers,” “crazy” Kanye West meeting with Trump.
Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks on the meeting between West and Trump on his show today:
“Okay, so yesterday was a thing that happened in real life.
“Kanye West, as I’ve always said, ‘live by the Kanye; die by the Kanye.’ But yesterday, the president of the United States lived by the Kanye because Kanye West came to the White House.
“Now, as I’ve said for many months at this point: do I think that Kanye West is the world’s best political commentator? Do I think that he’s on par with the late Charles Krauthammer? No, I don’t. Do I think that he knows a lot about politics? I don’t think that he’s read tons of books.
“But do I think that he has a unique perspective on the world? That I do. And do I think he has every right to express that perspective just as anyone else would? Absolutely. And do I appreciate, more than anything, that Kanye West has basically said, ‘Look, I’m an individually. I’m not just a black man who fits in your category. I’m an individual with my own thoughts and experiences and feelings. And that allows me to think outside the box with regard to my politics without you trying to club me into place like a baby seal’? That, I appreciate.
“And when Kanye wears around the ‘MAGA’ hat and he says that this basically is me just saying to the world, ‘I can think for myself,’ that’s a message that I like and appreciate and think is actually deeply important. Because even if it’s coming from a guy who I don’t think is the world’s most knowledgeable about politics, that’s not a message that requires you to be all that knowledgeable about politics. Saying, ‘I like to get more information. I like to think for myself, and I’m not going to be the person you think I ought to be simply based on the color of my skin,’ deeply, deeply important message from Kanye West.
“So, Kanye— What’s funny is all the people on the left who are very upset at Kanye. Like, ‘Oh, woah, woah. What’s Kanye actually doing except shilling for Trump?’
“Kim Kardashian got a woman freed from prison. Okay? What have you done lately? I didn’t even agree with Trump’s decision on that, on Allis Marie Johnson, who was leading a drug ring it turns out, but she was pardoned by President Trump because Kanye West and Kim Kardashian lobbied. It is that simple. And Kanye West has been pushing hard for criminal justice reform. So has Kim Kardashian. And President Trump is about to overrule Jeff Sessions on criminal justice reform in the same way, largely because of Kanye’s lobbying.
“So, Kanye, by extending a hand, actually received a hand in return, which is why you saw that meme from “Predator” going around the other day of the Arnold Schwarzenegger arm and the Apollo Creed arm – you know, the Carl Weathers arm – locked in the muscley embrace. That’s what you saw yesterday at the White House.
“So, it was wild. I mean, let’s not pretend that this was a meeting of brilliant minds on serious issues. It was Kanye West and Donald Trump in the Oval Office in a scene directly out of “Idiocracy.” But was it important for the culture that there be somebody in a prominent position to say, ‘Yeah, I’m allowed to think for myself’? Yeah, that’s important stuff.”