A CNN panel severely mocked rapper Kanye West during a segment discussing President Donald Trump’s invitation to the White House.
“My issue with Kanye West is quite simple, it’s that anti-intellectualism simply isn’t cool,” CNN commentator Bakari Sellers argued.
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Offering Kanye’s inability to define the “STEM” acronym as anecdotal evidence, Sellers claimed, “Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read.”
Host Don Lemon and other panelists cackled at Sellers’ insults.
Next podcast host Tara Setmayer one-upped Sellers, claiming West was Trump’s “token negro,” and said, “Black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft.”
“What’s funny to me is to watch all these white people behind Trump clapping away at the name of Kanye West when it wasn’t that long ago that Kanye West said that George W. Bush doesn’t like black people after Hurricane Katrina. And you know – now all of a sudden because Kanye’s put on a MAGA hat and he’s an attention whore like the president, he’s all of a sudden now – he’s the model spokesperson? He’s the token negro of the Trump administration? This is ridiculous.”
Setmayer added she believed West’s opinions were invalid because he’d sought mental health therapy in the past.
“And no one should be taking Kanye West seriously. He’s clearly has issues. He’s already been hospitalized, not to trivialize mental health issues, but obviously Kanye has taken a turn in a very strange way.’
Conservative commentator Candace Owens slammed the segment as proof the network had gone “full blown RACIST.”
“I want you guys to imagine if those words were EVER uttered on @FoxNews,” Owens wrote on Twitter. “CNN has finally committed to going full blown RACIST. They want their slaves back.”
Last night on @CNN, Kanye West was called a “token negro” and a “dumb negro”.
I want you guys to imagine if those words were EVER uttered on @FoxNews.
CNN has finally committed to going full blown RACIST.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 10, 2018
Trump gave a shout-out to West during a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, and at an impromptu press conference on the White House lawn the same day, where he called Kanye a “terrific guy” who “loves what we’re doing for African American jobs.”
“Kanye is a smart guy,” the president added.
West is heading to the White House Thursday to discuss “manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago,” according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
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