Kanye Is Actually One Of The Least Unreasonable People Donald Trump Has Met With, You Know?
He might have ended a concert just 30 minutes in after a long rant that included slams against the radio, Mark Zuckerberg, Hillary Clinton, and looking cool, but give me a brief chance to say that Kanye West is one of Donald Trump's more reasonable recent guests.
Along with that rant, as well as his many others, West has a long litany of bizarre actions and comments in his past. He famously manterrupted Taylor Swift on the VMAs stage (later writing lyrics that say, "I feel like Taylor Swift still owe me sex / I made that bitch famous"), once randomly tweeted that Bill Cosby is innocent, and declared that he'd run for president in 2020 — a comment that now actually no longer feels like a joke. There's more reasons than I can count on why West has no reason to meet with the president-elect, but when we look at who Trump has been meeting with lately, it actually might be time to consider that West really isn't that bad.
So far, Trump has a cabinet full of mostly white men — he must have had binders full of them — and many of them hold beliefs scary enough to make you want to decide that OK, now you're actually moving to Canada.
Should we start with Jeff Sessions? Let's start with Jeff Sessions. In 1986, the Senate denied him a federal judgeship because of numerous accusations of racism that had been made against him. His former deputy, who is black, claimed that Sessions had called him "boy" and alleged that he said he believed members of the KKK were "OK, until he learned that they smoked marijuana." Sessions has always denied any allegations of racism. In the end, as The Washington Post reported, a Republican-controlled Senate denied him the spot, and he instead spent two years as Alabama's attorney general before becoming a senator. Now he's been nominated to be the attorney general of the United States.
Now let's talk about Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is Trump's pick to head, I kid you not, the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt not only denies that climate change is a for-sure thing, but he is also embroiled in a lawsuit against the EPA to fight President Obama's environmental regulations. The New York Times called him a close ally of the fossil fuel industry and a climate change denialist, but yes, let's choose him to oversee the agency tasked with protecting our earth.
Then there's Rick Perry, the man who wanted to eliminate the Energy Department, but forgot about it. He's been appointed to lead the — you guessed it — Energy Department. Perry serves on the board of Energy Transfer Partners LP, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, but you know, no conflicts of interest here at all.
Sigh, there's also Rex Tillerson. Tillerson has been nominated for the extremely important secretary of state position — a position Hillary Clinton held for four years. The secretary of state is in charge of foreign policy. As CNN has reported, Tillerson holds no foreign policy experience to speak of, but he has a great friendship with Russia and Vladimir Putin, something even Marco Rubio is super concerned about. The CEO of Exxon Mobil reportedly has a huge stake in this position, as he could lift sanctions against Russia, giving his business interests, which are in, of course, energy, a huge boost.
If you thought I was done, think again. This appointment might have happened a while ago, but Steve Bannon as Trump's chief strategist will do the United States no good. Bannon is part of the "alt-right," which is a pretty little euphemism for "white supremacist." In his role, Bannon will have the president's ear, and many are concerned that means that racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and hate will be flowing directly into the White House.
Last, but definitely not the least terrifying, there's the right-hand man, Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Pence is behind the absolutely atrocious religious freedom bill of Indiana, allowing businesses to deny services to gay couples, as well as absurd abortion restrictions that would not allow women to get an abortion after learning her fetus has a genetic abnormality and would require a burial for or cremation of the fetal tissue. He waged such a vigorous campaign toward defunding Planned Parenthood that he's widely considered to have started an HIV epidemic in Indiana because of how many clinics closed, voted against most environmental regulation legislation, and is opposed to any restriction on assault weapons.
Considering all of that, Kanye West and Donald Trump together doesn't seem too bad now, does it?