On the morning of Dec. 13, Kanye West walked into Trump Tower for a meeting with the president-elect. As of right now, it's not clear what Kanye and Trump discussed, but we can definitely take a guess that it had nothing to do with Taylor Swift — even though Tuesday also happens to be Taylor Swift's birthday. Because Twitter users never miss a detail (or a chance to pin celebrities against each other), people are noting the coincidence. But that seems to really be all this is — a coincidence. Kanye and Trump are not conspiring against Swift, so there's no reason she needs to be a part of this conversation. (Or narrative, to use her own words.)
Sure, Kanye and Swift have a history. It all started in 2009 with the now-famous "I'mma let you finish" speech. (Interestingly enough, in the aftermath of that debacle, Swift got some unlikely support — from Trump himself. He called for a boycott of Kanye and told TMZ that the ordeal was "disgusting.") The Kanye and Swift quasi-feud came to a head this year, after she claimed that she never approved of Kanye using her name in "Famous." He and wife Kim Kardashian adamantly insisted that she had, and that they had proof via a taped phone call. Then, Kardashian released the receipts via Snapchat, and Swift responded on her Instagram.
A few days later, Kanye told a crowd in Chicago: "All I gotta say is, I am so glad my wife has Snapchat. Because now y'all can know the truth. And can't nobody talk sh*t about 'Ye no more." Since then, nothing has escalated between the two of them. That was five months ago, so why is the pop star's name coming up with regards to the actions of the rapper once more?
Regardless of the rocky relationship between Kanye and Swift this year, there's no way the rapper and president-elect were looking to take attention away from Swift's birthday. Do we really think that, out of everything going on in the political climate right now, an old feud with a pop star was the basis for Kanye's visit? Whatever disagreements these two had in the past are in the past. Propagating a Kanye West and Taylor Swift rivalry won't make their already resolved disagreement resurface. It's over. They've let it go, so it's time we should too.
In fact, when asked what the two talked about at Trump Tower, the president-elect told reporters. "Life. We discussed life." Kanye stood next to him, but didn't respond to questions. "I just want to take a picture right now," he said, before the two parted ways. For what we know right now, that's all it could have been. A discussion of life and a photo op for Kanye. (Something to show his kids? New album cover art?)
Though it's definitely an odd reason — and probably not the whole reason — it's more rational than an orchestrated Taylor Swift birthday troll. Let's not buy into this particular narrative — a narrative that nobody (especially not Taylor Swift) asked to be a part of.