By Brian Ives
Following the results of the popular vote on Election Day, Donald Trump said “I will be the President for all Americans.” And perhaps, he’s hoping for a celebration at his inauguration that will bring the country together, after a long and bitter election cycle. But apparently, he’s having a bit of a problem booking major talent for his inauguration, which is scheduled for January 20th.
As of today, though, that problem may be closer to being solved: this morning, Kanye West walked into Trump Tower for a meeting with the President-elect. Of course, President-elect Trump may have been thanking ‘Ye for his dubious semi-endrosement when he told a San Jose, CA audience, “I told y’all that I didn’t vote. But if I would’ve voted, I would have voted on Trump!”
Or, perhaps their meeting was to discuss Kanye’s political future: after all, West announced that he’s running for President in 2020.
But maybe the meeting was set up for the President-elect to ask Kanye to play the inauguration, giving him his first A-list-er to sign on. That may seem like a far-fetched idea, given West’s history of going off-script. But if 2016 has taught us anything, it’s to never say, “That won’t happen.”
But maybe these two polarizing figures can come together and give America the inauguration it needs: a fun event with shocking moments, and lyrics that appeal to both sides of the aisle.
“We Don’t Care”
The title says it all; one thing Kanye and Trump have in common is that, seemingly, neither of them care what people say. But maybe ‘Ye would use the song to send a message about after-school programs to Trump’s presumptive Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos: “You know the kids goin’ act a fool/When you stop the programs for after school.” On the other hand, Trump may consider these lyrics when revamping tax laws: “We claim other people[‘s] kids on our income tax.” Stop snitching, Kanye!
“All Falls Down”
Again, the title says it all… at least if you’re a Trump opponent. But again, there might be a not-so-hidden message for the Trump clan here: “It seems we living the American dream/The people highest up got the lowest self esteem/The prettiest people do the ugliest things/For the road to riches and diamond rings.” But the next line may speak to Trump’s (and West’s) defiant attitude towards critics: “We shine because they hate us!”
Kanye and Donald seem to have a similarly sized chip on their shoulders, and this line may also resonate with the President-elect: “Gotta make these haters respect mine.” Meanwhile, the lyrics “I wish I could buy me a spaceship and fly past the sky” probably also resonates with Hillary supporters these days.
Given that all of Trump’s cabinet choices are millionaires or billionaires, they’ll all probably relate to this one. Both the men and women probably grin (or grimace) at the line “We want prenup! Yeah!”
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing”
“I feel the pressure, under more scrutiny/ And what’d I do? Act more stupidly!” Hilary supporters may get a chuckle from that. On the flip side, this line speaks to the President-elect’s “he’s telling it like it is” appeal: “The drama, people suing me/I’m on T.V. talking like it’s just you and me/I’m just saying how I feel man!”
“No one man should have all that power” speaks to how half of the country is feeling right now. Donald’s favorite lyric, however is probably: “F— S-N-L and the whole cast/Tell ’em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole a–!” Perhaps Kanye could add a verse about Alec Baldwin.
This describes how Trump’s foes see him. But Trump’s favorite line is probably courtesy of guest Nicki Minaj: “If I’m fake I ain’t notice cause my money ain’t!”
“Who Will Survive in America?”
“All I want is a good home and a wife and a children and some food to feed them every night” speaks to why many voted for Donald Trump; they felt that Trump will be able to lead America to a future where that kind of life is possible for more people. But Yeezus would not endear himself to conservatives with this line: “America was a bastard the illegitimate daughter of the mother country/Whose legs were then spread around the world/And a rapist known as freedom, free doom.”
“Let’s have a toast for the douche bags/Let’s have a toast for the a–holes/Let’s have a toast for the scumbags/Every one of them that I know/Let’s have a toast for the jerk offs.” Trump’s detractors would surely get a laugh at that. But pay attention to the lyrics: later in the song, Kanye sings about sending a woman a photo of a very specific part of his anatomy, which surely could have been written about disgraced Democratic congressman and notorious sexter Anthony Weiner.
“I’m so appalled Spalding ball/Baldin’ Donald Trump, takin’ dollars from y’all” may not go over well with Donald or his supporters. “Thirty thousand feet up and you are not invited,” though, might make up for it; it could be Trump’s message to certain media outlets. In other words: no trips on Air Force One for you!