Today we saw one of the most profoundly embarrassing moments in American history, when Donald Trump invited a mentally incompetent Kanye West into the Oval Office, and then smiled as West delivered a lengthy, profane, disturbing, and nonsensical monologue while the reporters in the room looked on in horror. Having watched the debacle, there’s just one thing I really want to say about it.
Here’s the thing: I don’t care about Trump and Kanye. I really don’t. Not at this stage of the game. Trump knows that Kayne is a deeply disturbed individual, and he knows that a stunt like this one won’t steer things in his direction. That wasn’t the goal here. Instead, Trump was simply setting the room on fire in the hope that the media and the public would stare in horror, instead of staring at the numerous other things going on right now.
For instance, we still don’t know if the Saudi Arabian government kidnapped Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, or murdered him, or what’s really going on. But we do know that Donald Trump and Jared Kushner have spent the past two years playing lapdog to Saudi Arabia’s murderously out of control Crown Prince, who appears to be responsible for this confusing atrocity. Trump’s feet must be held to the fire on this matter, not only because a life is at stake, but because it has far ranging implications with regard to Middle East stability and Trump’s financially corrupt Middle East foreign policy.
We’ve also learned that Republican political operative Peter W. Smith met with Michael Flynn about conspiring with the Russians during the election, and then Flynn had dinner with Vladimir Putin, and then Flynn went to work for the Donald Trump campaign, and then Russia and the campaign conspired to rig the election, and then Smith began confessing everything, and then a week later Smith was dead. So yeah, I really only have one thing to say about Trump and Kanye: ignore it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report