In a bid to neutralize a potential 2020 political rival, President-elect Donald Trump met with woke celeb and recent “nervous breakdown” sufferer Kanye West at Trump Tower on Tuesday.
ALERT: Donald Trump and Kanye West just appeared together pic.twitter.com/uMNW7s13oH
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) December 13, 2016
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” the rap icon said of Trump, who had abruptly cancelled a scheduled press conference to discuss the future of his business empire. Kanye told reporters he was meeting with Trump to talk about “life.”
Kanye reportedly suffered a “nervous breakdown” last month, as the eccentric rapper’s behavior had grown even more erratic. Us Weekly has reported that Kanye’s marriage to sex tape celebrity Kim Kardashian may be on the rocks.
During a recent mid-concert rant, Kanye said he “would’ve voted for Trump,” but reiterated his pledge to run for president in 2020.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) November 18, 2016
Kanye’s most memorable foray into politics came in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when he declared “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
This was Kanye West's introduction to presidential politics https://t.co/aru5a174cW
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) December 13, 2016
The image of Trump greeting Kanye in the lobby of Trump Tower may eventually become one of the most iconic images in the history of American politics.
The image of the president-elect and global superstar is already being compared to the iconic photo of Elvis Presley meeting President Nixon in the Oval Office in 1970.
Is the Trump-Kayne summit the “Nixon-Elvis moment” of the 21st century? A lot of people are talking about it on Twitter, a social media platform.
Elvis & Nixon? https://t.co/kJKiGvhhWE
— Denise Galligan (@DeniseGalligan1) December 13, 2016
— David A. Barrios (@Thatssobarrios) December 13, 2016
Our generation's Elvis/Nixon moment https://t.co/j3ytojZbRh
— Cormac McCafe (@Cormac_McCafe) December 13, 2016
Our century's Nixon and Elvis high summit. It just gets worse. https://t.co/0vozgD2cQZ
— R Vick (@MaudlinTown) December 13, 2016
Kanye + Trump = the post-truth era's very own Elvis + Nixon
(and relatedly: that's the inauguration act sorted)
— Chris James Carter✍️ (@drchrisjcarter) December 13, 2016
Trump met with Kanye.
Obama met with Beyoncé.
Nixon met with Elvis.
I'M TELLING YOU, THE MUSIC INDUSTRY COLLUDES WITH POTUS! MARK MY WORDS!
— Michael Frisbie (@PastorFrisbie) December 13, 2016
The Trump-Kanye summit also brings to mind President Ronald Reagan’s meeting with “King of Pop” Michael Jackson at the White House in 1984.
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