Kanye West Reveals Why He Met with Donald Trump

December 13th 2016

Kyle Jaeger

Kanye West recently disclosed his reason for meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday. In a series of tweets, the rapper clarified that he discussed with the president-elect policy matters, including multiculturalism, education and crime.


"I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change," West tweeted.

So where exactly does Trump stand on these issues?


Though Trump has never directly addressed the concept of multiculturalism, his tendency to make sweeping generalizations about different minority groups and his anti-immigration policy proposals have raised questions about how his administration will address race relations in America. Trump's appeal among white nationalist groups — who generally see multiculturalism as a threat — has also been widely reported by multiple media outlets.

Trump has been silent on the subject of bullying, but his wife, Melania Trump, recently made the issue a focal point of her agenda. She said that "[o]ur culture has gotten too mean and too violent" in November and pledged to combat cyberbullying as first lady, USA Today reported.

While it's not exactly clear what West meant by "modernizing curriculums" or "supporting teachers" — these are policy platforms that are shared, in theory, by leaders in both parties. But when you look at Trump's education agenda, in general, it's apparent that he opposes federally mandated education regulations such as Common Core, which he described as "a total disaster" in November. Seventy-three percent of teachers reported that they have embraced Common Core, according to a 2016 report from Harvard University.

The former reality television host has also pledged to downsize the U.S. Department of Education, whose programs are designed to "indoctrinate" rather than "educate" students, he said.


Among the Chicago producer's tweets, he wrote that he also discussed "violence in Chicago," with Trump, which the real estate mogul spoke about at length on the campaign trail. He cited crime statistics in Chicago in September as evidence supporting his claim that President Barack Obama has failed to make good on promises to Americans living in urban areas. Trump has also exaggerated the prevalence of violent crime in America, falsely arguing that it "is reaching record levels."

There were 468 murders in Chicago in 2015 with homicide continuing to be an ongoing issue in the city, according to Chicago Police Department crime statistics. "One child age 16 or younger is murdered in the city every week on average," CNN reported. "This has been happening for more than a quarter century, police records show."

The weirdness of the meeting notwithstanding, it's difficult to argue with West about the importance of maintaining a dialog with the incoming Trump administration. Trump has also hosted other celebrities, including Anna Wintour, BET founder Bob Johnson, and Bill Gates in recent weeks.