Tucker Carlson on Kanye West: Rapper 'said some genuinely interesting things'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended rapper Kanye West’s visit with President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE in the Oval Office on Thursday, saying West had some “genuinely interesting” things to say.


“Believe it or not, Kanye West said some genuinely interesting things this afternoon — things we ought to be talking about in public but are not,” Carlson said during his Fox News show.

Topics discussed by the rapper during a 10-minute uninterrupted monologue that appeared to surprise President Trump included his mental health issues, the prison system and his past call for the abolishment of the 13th Amendment.

“He’ll probably destroy his career for saying them, he certainly will be despised by many of his former friends, but before any of that happens, let’s consider what he actually said," Carlson said.

During Thursday's meeting with Trump, West said that while he supported Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe exhaustion of Democrats' anti-Trump delusions Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado Soft levels of support mark this year's Democratic primary MORE’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, he was put off by her “I’m with her" slogan.

The slogan “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,” West said.

Carlson said West was speaking out against Democrats, a party whose policies “have systematically destroyed the American family, especially in poor neighborhoods.”

West said he didn’t have a lot of “male energy” in his childhood home.

“The Democratic Party won’t acknowledge these kids or their loss,” Carlson claimed. “To party leaders, fathers in the home are at best irrelevant. At worst, they’re an impediment to political power.”

The rapper’s remarks during the bizarre Oval Office meeting were criticized by many on the left and in the media.

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel mocked the encounter, saying it was the type of crazy conversation “that would typically be held between people wearing hospital bracelets.”

CNN host Don Lemon called it a “minstrel show” and said that West’s mother would be rolling over in her grave.

Former interim Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Donna Brazile tweeted Thursday that West has "set us back 155 years.”