CNN Panel Calls Kanye West ‘Token Negro,’ Mocks Mental Health Issues


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A CNN panel on Tuesday night dragged rap superstar Kanye West for being the “token black” Trump supporter.


Anchor Don Lemon and guests Bakari Sellers and Tara Setmayer laughed with one another as they mocked West’s intellect, his mental health, and his desire for fame. The fourth guest, Scott Jennings, sat uncomfortably during the exchange and tried not to contribute.

“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read, and we have this now,” Sellers said. “And now Donald Trump is going to use it and pervert it, and he’s going to have somebody who can stand with him and take pictures.”

“Listen, black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft, okay?” Setmayer joked. “They’ve had it with him.”

“Now all of a sudden, Kanye, because he’s put on a MAGA hat and he’s an attention whore like the president, he’s all of a sudden now the model spokesperson. He’s the token negro of the Trump Administration? This is ridiculous. And no one should be taking Kanye West seriously,” Setmayer said, adding that West “clearly” has mental health issues.

Lemon addressed the fact that Jennings looked uncomfortable, chuckling, “I’m just looking at Scott’s face — Scott’s like, ‘whoa, okay!'”

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