The rapper told Trump he's been "misdiagnosed" with bipolar disorder, after earlier announcing he's "off medication." A person close to West told People his family and close friends have been urging him to start taking his medication again, "that he's not doing well, that he's not making sense. Now he's in the Oval Office, and he's doing the same rant, and that's going to validate his rants."
During a recent Saturday Night Live appearance, West dressed like a Perrier bottle, then delivered a pro-Trump rant while the credits rolled, claiming he was bullied for wearing a MAGA hat. He also recently deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts after making controversial statements about abolishing the 13th Amendment. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, fully supports him and believes in his right to express his opinion, but "having all this backlash against Kanye is embarrassing for her and her family," the friend said. Now that he's had an audience with Trump, "no one close to him can tell him that he's sounding unhinged, because his answer is that the president of the United States doesn't think so." Catherine Garcia
Kanye West appeared on TMZ Live on Tuesday, where he discussed his opioid addiction, declared "TMZ is the hospital to fix the world," and mused that slavery seemed to him like it was a "choice." The stunned hosts of CNN's New Day reacted Wednesday morning, with Chris Cuomo noting that even his 8-year-old knows better. "My 8-year-old knows that slavery wasn't a choice," he said. "And by the way, she doesn't have to live with the culture and the stigma and the pain that African-Americans do."
Alisyn Camerota compared West's remarks to those made by President Trump, adding that the rapper's comment about slavery did not show "intellectual rigor."
"He has a feeling, right," Camerota said. "So this is where we are right now. I mean, I just see it everywhere, and obviously we see it in the president."
Over on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel also made the connection between West and Trump. "Doing this show every night is hard enough," he quipped. "Keeping up with the White House on a daily basis is exhausting. I can't handle Donald Trump and Kanye West at the same time." Watch his coverage below. Jeva Lange
West stopped a concert in late November to tell the audience in a long, rambling rant that "if I would've voted, I would have voted on Trump." Shortly thereafter West was admitted to a hospital and canceled the rest of his tour dates.
It isn't immediately clear what West and Trump are meeting about. Jeva Lange