What do Donald Trump and Kanye West have in common? They’re both unhinged right wing extremists. They’re both falling to pieces in real time. They’re both pretending they’re 2024 presidential candidates. And neither one of them is actually a 2024 presidential candidate.
For some stupid reason, the two decided to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Suffice it to say that the whole thing went about as poorly as anyone could have expected. After the dinner, Kanye went online and claimed that Trump ended up “screaming” at him during dinner. Kanye is far from a reliable narrator, so it’s possible that this didn’t happen. But at the least, the dinner went so poorly that Kanye ended up publicly claiming that Trump was screaming at him, which means the dinner went poorly one way or the other.
Trump is correct when he says that Kanye is not a 2024 contender and is wasting everyone’s time by pretending he is. But that gets at the heart of the problem. Trump, who is on the verge of being indicted on charges like espionage, is also not a 2024 contender and is wasting everyone’s time by pretending he is. There’s typically only enough room in the public sphere for one person to get media attention by launching a fake presidential campaign, and Kanye’s lower profile fake campaign is cutting into the media hype for Trump’s higher profile fake campaign.
No wonder Kanye West claims Donald Trump was screaming at him; Kanye’s grift is getting in the way of Trump’s grift. And given that Trump is desperately trying to make money off a fake campaign before he heads to prison for the rest of his life, while Kanye is just trying to sell albums, it’s understandable why Trump would be so upset at what Kanye is doing to him.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report