Last month, when Kanye West met with President-Elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, there was some speculation that maybe Trump would ask West to perform at his inauguration. After all, Trump has had a notoriously tough time finding big-name acts to play his presidential festivities. And here, however polarizing the man might be, he’s got one of the biggest and most relevant stars of this century, in a fragile mental state and evidently willing to embrace a man who most of the entertainment industry sees as some sort of malevolent goblin. But as it turns out, Trump’s team didn’t even ask West to perform at the inauguration. The reason? He’s not “typically and traditionally American” enough.
Speaking recently to the crooked fake-news outlet CNN, Trump’s Presidential Inaugural Committee chair Tom Barrack said that West would’ve simply been wrong for the event: “We haven’t asked him. He’s been great. He considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it’s not the venue. The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect. It’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy, but we just haven’t asked him to perform. We move on with our agenda.”
Sadly, we have been robbed of what could’ve been the greatest pop-cultural trainwreck spectacles of our lifetime. Just imagine it: A crowd full of Bikers For Trump looking on as Kanye West salutes Donald Trump with “Runaway.” But Trump will, instead, have another arena-packing goofball performing for him. TMZ reports that former Riverdance star Michael Flatley has agreed to perform, along with his Lord Of The Dance troupe, at Trump’s Liberty Ball tomorrow night.