Kanye West returns to Twitter, reveals substance of Trump meeting

Commentary: After an almost two-month hiatus, the rapper explains the seriousness of his meeting with the president-elect.

Chris Matyszczyk
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It was a meeting of two expert head-fakers.

When they're worried about one thing, they fire off something outrageous in public and get people to look that way.

So when Donald Trump met with Kanye West on Tuesday, many wondered what each of them was trying to get us to forget.

Trump, after all, is embroiled in accusations that Russia was rather on his side in the election. He also canceled a press conference set for Thursday, in which he was to reveal how he would handle his business affairs as president. He said he was too busy.

West had a recent stint in hospital, after some erratic behavior during a concert that turned out to be an extremely short performance.

Immediately after the meeting with Trump, West wouldn't talk. Later on Tuesday, however, he returned to Twitter, where he hasn't been seen since October 21.

"I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues," he tweeted. Note, not "Mr. Trump." Not "Donald Trump." This is odd, as the president-elect said they were old friends.

West continued: "These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago."

All noble subjects. Some you might expect to be very close to Trump's heart, especially bullying. His wife has already said that as First Lady she will fight cyberbullying.

West believes that meeting the president-elect had a serious purpose: "I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future president if we truly want change."

This is wise. This is something many would want.

At heart, though, Kanye conceded there was an even higher purpose. "#2024," he tweeted.

This, an indicator of his own future presidential run, was surely a disappointment to some. Kanye had previously declared himself for 2020.

Who will he choose for his running mate? My money's on Ivanka.