May 21, 2019

Kanye and the Thirteenth Amendment

“Kanye brought up the 13th Amendment—again. This time he was in the Oval Office, sitting across the desk from President Trump Thursday during a particularly surreal encounter.

With cameras clicking and boom microphones amplifying his every word, the controversial rapper, who wore a red “Make America Great Again” hat, unleashed another rambling rant:

“There are a lot of things affecting our mental health that makes us do crazy things that puts us back into that trapdoor called the 13th Amendment,” West said, as Trump sat across from him smiling.

“I did say abolish with the hat on because why would you keep something around that is a trap door?” West asked. “If you are building a floor — the Constitution is the base of our industry…. of our country… of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up and you accidentally — something happens — and you fall, and you end up next to the Unabomber? You’ve got to remove the trapdoor out of the relationship—the 13th Amendment out of our relationship. The way the universe works is perfect. You don’t have 13 floors. Do we?”

Um, no?

The 13th Amendment, which was ratified by the states on Dec. 6, 1865, abolished slavery, declaring: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Earlier this month, West tweeted about the 13th Amendment and called for it to be abolished:

“This represents good and America becoming whole again,” he wrote. “We will no longer outsource to other countries. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love.””

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