On CNN, "Prime Time" show host Chris Cuomo discerned racism in apparent musings President Donald Trump may have had on Thursday when the president met with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office. Cuomo -- who does not have a degree in medicine or psychiatry -- said on on Thursday evening that he was taking an "educated guess" that the president got a "warm serotonin flush of happy hormone" when racist ideas popped into his head while talking to West. To illustrate his diagnosis, Cuomo flashed 'Blacks Loves Trump' and 'He's Blacker Than Obama' as possible musings that Trump had during the White House meeting.
During the Thursday meeting at the White House, West used the word “motherf***er” in reference to himself, saying: “Trump is on his hero’s journey right now. You might not have expected a crazy motherfucker like Kanye running up to support.” West has been openly supportive of the president in public appearances, and wore a red “MAGA” cap for the White House meeting. Seeking to analyze Trump instead of West, Cuomo said he did not care about West’s use of an epithet. Instead, Cuomo said: "My curiosity wasn't about what came out of Kanye's mouth. My wonder went to what is going on in Trump's head.”
"Let's take a look at him. Here is my educated guess, OK? Other than a warm serotonin flush of happy hormone, imaginary headlines, blacks loves Trump, he's blacker than Obama," Cuomo said, while imagining racist scenarios that he thinks Trump would think up.
Cuomo criticized fellow legacy media outlets for reporting on Trump’s meeting with West. "Why fan the flames of the foolish?" he asked.
Echoing other media personalities, Cuomo accused Trump of failing to appreciate West’s welfare. Cuomo said that the president used West to increase support among black Americans to above the current "pathetic" 10 percent.
"While he raised legit issues of jobs and inner city concerns, when you hear the dissociative ramblings of a man one prized for his intellect and education, there's something wrong there," Cuomo said of West. "And making the decision to put him in this position, that falls on Trump because he knows or has reason to know what I just told you. But, clearly, his sensitivity is triggered by other concerns -- attention, praise, and some jaundiced notion of how to get black approval above the pathetic 10 percent that tends to track at for him."
Elsewhere on CNN on Friday, show host S.E. Cupp denounced Trump for the meeting, saying that it was “really sad” that the president was ostensibly exploiting West, “who is clearly not okay.” On Thursday evening, CNN show host Don Lemon went on a five-minute rant about Trump and West. Lemon called on the media to keep their cameras away from West because the rapper needs mental help and a father figure. Lemon said West's mother "rolling over in her grave" and would be "terribly disturbed" by West’s behavior. Saying that West put on a “ministrel show” for the president, Lemon said that the meeting was an "embarrassment." "He needs a father figure," Lemon suggested. "He needs someone to help him and to guide him and he needs a hug more than anything."
"Kanye, back away from the cameras," Lemon said. "Go get some help. And then come back and make your case. Nobody -- if you want to be conservative, if you want to support Donald Trump, that is your business. But as you're doing it, have some sense with it. Make sense. Educate yourself."