Pictures from the scene, including some from RNS reporter Jack Jenkins, show the singer and businessman taking pictures with customers before standing on the table and giving a “keynote” speech.
West told the assembled crowd, many of whom were snapping pictures as he spoke, about how he’d had a hat made with an updated slogan saying “Make America Great” without the word “Again.”
President Donald Trump’s official gear is often adorned with the slogan “Make America Great Again.”
He’s announcing he made a hat for Trump that says “made an updated hat that says ‘make America great’ without the ‘again’…and Trump wore it!”
Shows a picture on his iphone of Trump wearing said hat.
Says the “again” part of the original slogan “hurts back people.” pic.twitter.com/mt2vO3Sl86
— Jack Jenkins (@jackmjenkins) October 11, 2018
West told people that the “Again” part makes some black people upset because they feel like America has never been great for them, so he’s trying to get the updated slogan to catch on, according to Jenkins.
West said that Trump wore the hat he made during their meeting on Oct. 11, when West and NFL Hall of Famer went to the White House to discuss criminal reform, bringing manufacturing to Chicago, and other issues.
During a press conference before their meeting, West told reporters about the slogan: “So the word ‘again’—it doesn’t hurt us because the idea of racism and slavery, different things; it hurts us because we need to focus on who we are now, today, I believe.”
West said that he hopes the president and his detractors can find some common ground.
“…It hurts us as people, specifically black people, the idea, because we say, was America ever great for us? So we made a updated hat that said, lmake America great, and Trump wore the hat so he is open to adjusting and listening” pic.twitter.com/nKgkDUKtga
— Caroline Kelly (@caroline_mkelly) October 11, 2018
— Rydell😺🧚🏾♂️ (@Americaslilbro) October 11, 2018
“I would love to see, at the Super Bowl, Trump wearing the ‘Make America Great’ hat; Colin [Kaepernick] wearing the ‘Make America Great,’ and showing that we can bend a bit on this side, we can bend a bit on this side, and we can learn how to be malleable in the infinite universe that we are and the loving beings that we are,” he said.
After telling people about “Make America Great,” West told people in the Apple store that he was heading to Africa and exited the store.
West told TMZ that he’s traveling to the continent soon to draw inspiration and energy as he works to complete his 9th studio album, “Yandhi.”