By Hayden Wright
Shortly after 9am, a gathered pool of reporters were shocked to see Kanye West come through the doors of Trump Tower to meet with President-Elect Donald Trump. Tal Kopan of CNN tweeted, “Kanye (and entourage) arrives for a meeting at Trump Tower. Real life.” So what’s going on?
The year 2016 has come to a bumpy, dramatic conclusion for Kanye: Just weeks after his wife Kim Kardashian withdrew from the public eye after a Parisian armed robbery, Kanye canceled his Saint Pablo Tour and checked into the hospital. Conversely, Donald Trump’s year has gone swimmingly — by Trump standards. After one of the darkest political campaigns America has ever witnessed, he emerged victorious with an electoral college majority (The electors have yet to vote).
So what’s an on-the-mend Kanye doing in Trump Tower right now? To rewind the tape, one of the “deranged” and “unhinged” statements Yeezy made during his “breakdown” was an endorsement of Donald Trump. As a College Drop-Out, West is slightly underqualified for a Cabinet-level position or Supreme Court nomination. But it’s not unthinkable that West could perform at the inauguration. Stealing the spotlight from unpopular Republican presidents is sort of his thing.
Trump’s in a bit of a stalemate when it comes to inauguration talent. While President Obama has drawn upon deep wells of celebrity support, Trump’s nativist rhetoric has alienated Hollywood and the pop mainstream. A report from The Wrap suggests only Ted Nugent and Kid Rock are willing to perform at Trump’s swearing-in.
“They are willing to pay anything,” an insider told the media publication. “They told me, ‘We’ll pay their fees.’ Most of these artists’ fees are in the six to seven figures. Name your price.”
Perhaps Kanye is cashing in on controversy? Only time will tell.
Kanye (and entourage) arrives for a meeting at Trump Tower. Real life. https://t.co/W9PQDgfQmg—
Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) December 13, 2016
Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) December 13, 2016