Like I said: Somewhat predictable. Which is weird to say. But also true!
So, is there anything we can actually learn (or re-learn) from Trump’s decision to invite Kanye to the White House — and then let the rapper/actor/designer/celebrity husband just talk about, literally, anything? (Sidebar: The stated purpose of the meeting was prison reform, which Kanye touched on briefly during his 10+-minute soliloquy.)
1. Trump loves people who say nice things about him. Time and time again, he gives people platforms — or second, third and fourth chances — if they are willing to be nice to him or say complimentary things about him. This is true for Kanye, yes. But also true for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
2. Trump loves celebrities. Remember that Trump grew up amid the tabloid culture of New York City and has made his fame less on his business successes than on his relentless pursuit of the limelight. He views celebrities like Kanye as his only true equals outside of the uber-rich businesspeople he came into contact with in his past life.
The Point: For any other White House, this Kanye visit would have been beyond unusual. For Trump, it’s par for the course.