Trump dumbfounded by Kanye's Oval Office rant
It was a bravura performance by a supercharged ego, lecturing America as he banged his fist on the Resolute desk in the Oval Office.
No, this wasn't Donald Trump venting about untrammelled immigration. It was Kanye West venting about, well, everything.
In the process he became the first person to ever use the word "motherf*****" at the White House while being beamed live into people's homes on TV.
West free-styled through a list of the most serious issues confronting the world's only superpower. Unemployment, mental illness, prison reform, gun violence, globalisation, and he had an answer for most of them.
That was because, as West himself told us, he is in the 98th percentile on IQ tests. "Tesla, Freud," he said, tapping the Make America Great Again hat on his head. A neuropsychologist had told him he was a genius, he said.
In a rambling, 10-minute monologue, the rapper unburdened his soul about his support for Mr Trump.
The president, who is not given to such soul-unburdening, sat on the other side of the desk uncharacteristically silent. Dumbfounded even.
He appeared to view Mr Trump as a father figure.
Putting his 'Make America Great Again' hat on had given him "balls", he said.
To express his gratitude he rose from his chair and gave the president a hug. "I love this guy," West said. "He might not have expected to have a crazy motherf***er like Kanye West run up and support!"
He praised a gang leader currently serving six life sentences, saying the man had been incarcerated because he was doing "positive" things for the community, and "fell through a trapdoor in the 13th Amendment".