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Kanye West’s visit to the White House Thursday to discuss prison reform and ways to combat violent crime with President Trump segued into a 10-minute, freewheeling monologue by the rapper. NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker reports for TODAY.

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The Washington Post has the entirety of Kanye West’s uninterrupted Oval Office monologue, annotated.

Here are a few snips.

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You know people expect that if you're black you have to be Democrat. I have -- I have conversations that basically said that welfare's the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat. They say, you know, first of all, it's a limit to an amount of jobs. So the fathers lose the jobs and they say we'll give you more money for having more kids in your home. And then we got rid of the mental health institutes in the ‘80s and the ‘90s and the prison rates just shot up and now you got Chiraq, what people call Chiraq, which is our murder rate is going down by 20 percent every year.

But there's times where you know, there's something about -- you know, I love Hillary, I love everyone, right? But the campaign "I'm With Her" 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. It was something about putting this [MAGA] hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman.

There's a lot of things affecting our mental health that makes us do crazy things that puts us back into that trap door called the 13th Amendment. I did say abolish with the hat on, because why would you keep something around that's a trap door? If you're building a floor, the Constitution is the base of our industry, right? Of our country, of our company. Would you build a trap door that if you mess up, accidentally something happens, you fall and you end up next to the Unabomber? You end you -- you gotta remove all that trapdoor out of the relationship.

The four gentlemen that wrote the 13th Amendment -- and I think the way the universe works is perfect. We don't have 13 floors, do we? You know the four gentlemen that wrote the 13th Amendment didn't look like the people they were amending. Also, at that point, it was illegal for blacks to read. Or African Americans to read. So that meant if you actually read the amendment, you'd get locked up! And turned into a slave!

[Opens his phone] This right here is the iPlane 1. It's a hydrogen-powered airplane. And this is what our president should be flying in. Look at this.

Trump: We'll get rid of Air Force One [laughs in the room]. Can we get rid of Air Force One? [Turns to group near him] No? You don't like that.

Well, we're going to have Apple, an American company work on this plane.

He has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories and we have to make our core be empowered. We have to bring jobs into America, because our best export is entertainment ideas, but when we make everything in China and not in America, then we're cheating on our country. And we're putting people in positions that have to do illegal things to end up in the cheapest factory ever, the prison system.

Trump: I’ll tell you what, that was pretty impressive. [Laughs in the room] I hate to say this -- Jim, you want to say something? What do you do after that?

I was in the road this past week photographing fall colors and waterfalls in the Michigan UP so I missed that when it happened. Wow.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock