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RUSH: Kanye West is in the Oval Office. He’s sitting across the desk from Trump. There are a thousand media people. Well, not a thousand. But the video frame here is full of nothing but press. Cameras. Trump is sitting there not saying a word. Kanye is just going nuts, being very emphatic about whatever it is he’s saying.

He’s wearing a red Make America Great Again hat. Trump just sitting there with his arms crossed smiling and eating it up and loving it and so forth.

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RUSH: Kanye West has taken over the Oval Office. Donald Trump’s smiling, watching, listening. Jim Brown sitting next to Kanye. Kanye does not breathe. I will guarantee you the civil rights coalitions, the CNN people referring to Kanye as a “Trump house Negro,” I guarantee you they are exploding right now. Kanye West is bam, bam, bam, issue after issue after issue, explaining why whatever he’s talking about is good for America, including jobs, things Trump has been doing. Somebody needs to get him a new phone, though. Kanye’s using an old iPhone. I mean, I notice those things.

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RUSH: Now, we have the Kanye in the Oval Office sound bites. And we have — let’s see — one, two, three, four five of them. We have not edited this. I mean, there are some questionable terms and words, but Cookie said, “You want to edit it? He says ‘balls’ and ‘BS’?” and I said, “Leave it in. Get it up and running. It’s Kanye West. People know what’s going on.” “But, Rush! But, Rush! It was in the Oval Office!” “I know it was. I know it was. CNN aired it and so forth.”

I guarantee you heads exploding all over the place because of this!

Kanye, at the end of the day, got up and hugged Trump and said, “I love this man. I love this man.” I guarantee you, CNN’s trying to come up with something besides “house Negro” now to describe the guy. That’s how they were trying to denigrate him last night. Jim Brown, the football great from the Cleveland Browns, was sitting there watching all this. Okay, so here we go. They were scheduled to have lunch anyway. But Trump brings Kanye and Jim Brown into the Oval Office — and, as usual, here comes the media, primarily cameras — still cameras and video — and there were some reporters in there. And let’s just get started.

WEST: I think it’s the bravery that helps you beat this game called life. You know, they tried to scare me to not wear this hat. My own friends! But this hat, it gives me power, in a way. My dad and my mom separated. So I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home. And also I’m married to a family that, um…

THE PRESIDENT: (chuckles)

WEST: You know, not a lot of male energy going on.

THE PRESIDENT: (chuckles)

WEST: It’s beautiful, though!

THE PRESIDENT: (chuckles)

WEST: But there’s times where, you know, it’s something about… I love Hillary. I love everyone, right? But the campaign “I’m With Her” just didn’t make me feel, as a guy that didn’t get to see my dad all the time, like a guy that could play catch with his son. There was something about when I put this hat on. It made me feel like Superman. That’s my favorite superhero! And you made a Superman cape for me. Also as a guy, that looks up to you, looks up to Ralph Lauren, and looks up to American industry guys. Nonpolitical. No bullshit! Put the beep on it. However you want to do it.

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s kind of odd to hear that in the Oval Office. Cookie said, “But, Rush, he’s nuts!” I said, “That doesn’t matter. He’s our nut today.” But there he is. Notice he says (summarized), “I love Hillary. I love everybody, but that campaign, ‘I’m With Her’ just didn’t make if he feel as a guy that I wanted see my dad and go out and play catch. But when I put on the Trump MAGA hat, I felt like a superhero! I felt like Superman when I put on the Make America Great Again cap.” Oh, they’re gonna hate this. They’re just gonna hate this. He next says… I think Kanye, like pretty much every celebrity and quasi-athlete, has a deal with Nike. But Kanye says that Trump inspired him to move over to Adidas.

WEST: You gave me the heart to go to Adidas. When I went in, in 2015, we were a $14 billion company losing $2 billion a year. Now we have a $38 billion market cap. It’s called the Yeezy Effect, and I went to Kasper [Rørsted] — we had a meeting in Chicago — and I said, “You have to bring manufacturing onshore into the core.” It’s not about the border. It’s the core of Adidas, and Chicago is the core of Middle America. We have to make Middle America strong. So I had the balls, because I have enough balls to put on this hat? The Adidas thing made me a billionaire, and I could have lost $200 million walking away from that deal. It was more important for me to take the chance of walking away from that deal than to have no fathers in Chicago with no homes.

RUSH: You kind of sit there and shudder when Kanye lets loose here, when you gotta have the “whatevers” to go… But what he’s talking about here… (interruption) You game? (interruption) Yeah, I think I know what he’s talking about. You don’t? (interruption) You don’t know what he’s saying here? Okay, let me… (interruption) Okay. Okay. Well, here… (interruption) Here it is. (summarized) “You gave me the heart to go to Adidas. When I went in, we’re a $14 billion company losing $2 billion a year,” meaning he invested in it.

Now Adidas… Because Trump advised him to go to Adidas, now it’s a $38 billion market cap. At a meeting, he told Adidas they gotta bring manufacturing back to America. Following Trump’s initiative, he told Adidas, “You want me in? We gotta manufacture in America so bring it to Chicago. That’s the core of Middle America. We have to make middle America strong,” and he says, “I could have lost $200 million walking away from this. I could have lost those kind…” (interruption) He’s basically trying to say that Trump’s advice helped him save Adidas by bring Adidas manufacturing onshore and took ’em from a net loss to a net positive $38 billion market cap. Then he says, which I’m sure that you’ll have no trouble understanding, is he’s bipolar.

WEST: I was diagnosed as bipolar disorder. I was connected with a neuropsychologist that works with the athletes in the NBA and the NFL, and he looked at my brain. I’m gonna go ahead drop some bombs to you: 98 percentile IQ test. I had a 75 percentile of all human beings, but it was counting eight numbers backwards and I repeated (unintelligible). I’m gonna work on that. The other one 98%, Tesla, Freud. He said that I actually wasn’t bipolar. I had sleep deprivation which could cause dementia 10 or 20 years from now where I wouldn’t even remember my son’s name.

RUSH: So do you understand that? He’s saying some shrink told him he was bipolar. And the shrink was wrong. And they looked into his brain and they found out that he has a very high IQ. He’s up there with Tesla and he’s up there with Einstein — Freud, not Einstein; Tesla and Freud — and then they told him that he wasn’t bipolar, he had sleep deprivation. And that was gonna cause dementia. So he got all that fixed. I don’t know. Sleep deprivation? Maybe was sleep apnea. Who knows what that was.

Trump was just sitting there with his arms folded. (interruption) I don’t know. No, Trump was smiling whale all this was going on. I’ll tell you one thing. I’ll tell you one thing. This was not screened. Obviously, nobody knew what was gonna happen here. They rolled the dice on this. You agree with that? (interruption) Okay. They mocked him on Saturday Night Live. They made fun of him, Kanye, on Saturday Night Live and they constantly do Trump. So now he’s talking about Saturday Night Live and Trump.

WEST: What I need Saturday Night Live to improve or I need the liberals to improve on is, “If he doesn’t look good, we don’t look good.” This is our president! He has to be the president, the fliest, the fliest planes, the best factories, and we have to make our core be in power. We have to bring jobs into America, because our best export is entertainment and ideas, but when we make everything in China and not in America, then we’re cheating on our country and we’re putting people in positions that have to do illegal things to end up in the cheapest factory ever: The prison system!

RUSH: Okay. You’re on your own on that one. (interruption) That one you get? (interruption) It’s okay. Explain that one, that one I don’t get. Tell me what he said. Very quickly, what was he saying? (interruption) Okay. If we don’t have… (interruption) Oh! Okay. If we don’t have jobs, people end up in prison, which is the cheapest factory there is. All right. (interruption) You like that one? (interruption) Okay. (interruption) Well, yeah, yeah. (interruption) Okay. Now final one. When it was over, Trump was almost speechless.

THE PRESIDENT: I tell you what, that was pretty impressive.

GUESTS: (laughter)

THE PRESIDENT: I hate to say this, Jim. You want to say something?

GUESTS: (laughter)

THE PRESIDENT: What do you do after that?

RUSH: Jim didn’t say anything. Jim Brown remained seated, saying nothing. Trump said, “I don’t know what you’re gonna say to that, Jim.” Anyway, so what do you think Kanye’s purpose was here? I think Kanye was attempting to, in his own, show his support for Trump. He got up and hugged him. “I love this man.” I don’t know. These people are always seeking cameras and PR opportunities. You can’t take that out of this equation, either. But say whatever you want, he can’t get there unless Trump invites him, and it was a sc

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