Donald Trump Has More In Common With Kanye West Than You Think

13 December 2016, 17:00 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09

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James Wilson-Taylor

By James Wilson-Taylor

You shouldn't be shocked by their private meeting at Trump tower - it's been on the cards for quite some time...

It was business as "normal" today (December 13th) in the insane circus-like narrative of the 2016 Presidential election as gold painted real-life Mr Burns surrogate Donald Trump met with rapper, shoe-enthusiast and indecisive album-titler Kanye West at his Trump Tower. 

 

 

"We've been friends for a long time". Just let that sink in...

Kanye had previously claimed on stage that, if he had voted, he would have voted for Trump, despite the veritable variety pack of offensive statements the President Elect has made in the past regarding minorities.

In any other election year, today's meeting of the minds would be deemed odd. But we are way past odd at this point... 

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So, Trump gets elected and Kanye stops by for a chat - coincidence? Well, oddly, no. You see, I have a long-standing theory about both these men that today's events only helped to further. It's simple - Donald Trump and Kanye West are basically the same person.

Why? Because neither of them believe a word that comes out of their own mouths. 

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So, all that racist nonsense about building walls and banning burkhas has been solely to grab the low hanging confused voter fruit that think statements like "Make America Great Again" actually make sense. 

If it was easier to win as a Democrat, Trump would have be venting into the nearest available airhorn about legalising weed and nationalising healthcare. Republican attention was just easier to get and he knew that anything particularly inflammatory would be picked up by all other areas of the press too, further feeding the attention monster within.

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Kanye operates in a similar way. Obviously, it is worth noting that he has not been without his own mental health problems of late and for that we truly do sympathise. But his Trump-like behaviour stretches right back to the beginnings of his career.

In his hilarious book Kanye West Owes Me $300: And Other True Stories from a White Rapper Who Almost Made it Big, Jensen Karp details his early meetings with a pre-fame Kanye who would, for example, rap in the face of diner waitresses in order to provoke a reaction. Even before he was The College Dropout, he knew that shouting the loudest gets the most attention.

Sound like anyone else we know?

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Kanye's music obviously has its own, large, receptive audience and he is, undeniably, a brilliant musical force in the world of hip hop and beyond. But those fans are minuscule in number compared to the amount of people writing about and commenting on his Trump shenanigans. In fact, to those not interested in hip hop, Kanye is far from the "genius" he claims to be and known only as that loudmouth who talks too much about himself. 

Who knows if Yeezus will actually bother running for President like he claimed he might in 2020. But, more importantly, he knew those stories would make headlines and add to the odd mystique that has made him, arguably, the most well-known name in rap. Plus, his albums are always more strenuously analysed in the aftermath of a Twitter rant than it would have been otherwise.

Why do you think he made sure he posed for a photo call after his Trump meeting?

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Say what we will but one thing about both these men is undeniable - they know how to get their face in the papers.

So no, I ain't buying the antagonist bullsh*t that Trump and Kanye are selling. The problem of course is that a lot of the people that listen to these two actually do believe their statements and suddenly the Donald becomes a martyr for the forgotten middle class.

Sadly, there is only one way to stop these drama queens and that is to ignore them. And yes, I am very aware of the irony in making that statement as part of an article about them both. They are just both so outlandish that stopping people writing about them isn't really an option anymore. Guess we'll have to try a different tact - we will accept all your suggestions on a postcard please.

But we better think of something quick, before their power outsizes their egos.

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