Yesterday, Prznint Stupid preempted Hurricane Michael coverage for a morning with Petunia and Pals and took a break to do some przninting (or whatever it is that he does during Executive time) and then in the afternoon, he hosted a presser in the Oval Office with Kanye West (that’s ‘Ye’ to you and me), who delivered a rant that included “motherfuckers,” praise for the president, whom he called “bro,” a discussion of race, and an assertion that time itself does not exist.
Brian Stelter’s email thingie delicately put it: “It was just plain sad.”
Commentators expressed concern for Kanye’s mental health and criticized Trump for exploiting him. “That was really sad,” S.E. Cupp said on CNN afterward. “I think you had there a man who’s clearly not okay, and a president who’s willing to who’s willing to exploit that.”
Later, Don Lemon called it a “minstrel show.” He said Kanye needs help, but Trump “is exploiting Kanye, using him to try to reach black voters.”
And Anderson Cooper put up a split-screen image of Kanye ranting on the left juxtaposed with images of Michael’s devastation on the right. “This isn’t even really about Kanye West,” Cooper said. “This is about the president sitting there, listening, nodding, laughing, calling Kanye West a ‘smart cookie,’ saying Kanye West can speak for him anytime, putting on this show, less than 24 hours after the worst hurricane to ever hit the Florida panhandle made landfall…”
Watching the Villagers watch Kanye West throw down rambling gibberish in front of Comrade Stupid was choice. The Prznint, himself a prolific gibberer of nonsense, was stunned into silence for most of it, as if there was no point in competing for mic time.
Jim Acosta pearl clutched:
Kanye just said “motherf***er” in the Oval Office. Per WH pool.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 11, 2018
Does Acosta really believe that no one has ever said that word in the Oval Office? Two Bushes (three if you count Babs-the-Impaler), and one Cheney says otherwise.
- he was going to convince Apple to “work on” a hydrogen-powered plane: “[America] has to be the freshest, the flyest, the flyest planes, the best factories”
- he was going to show the world that the “eternal return” was Trump‘s “hero’s journey,” because “time is a myth.”
- his red MAGA hat made him feel like he was wearing a “Superman cape”
“You’re tasting a fine wine. It has multiple notes to it,” he explained. “You better play 4-D chess with me like it’s Minority Report . . . It ain’t that simple. It’s complex.”
It is indeed.
But what was really interesting was that while we saw a rap star having some sort of out-of-body experience, Possum Hollar saw a black man saying the things they said and believing the things they believed. It must have been an out-of-body experience for them, too.
It’s a pretty good test for Possum Hollar, who dismisses [liberal?] celebrities weighing in on political matters, except when they happen to agree with them. Kinda like religion.
And as riveting as it was, it was also a distraction from the real world (FAKE NEWS!!1!), probably as planned. Angry Irishman, er, Lawrence O’Donnell summed it up:
Ok news media, you just got your marching orders from Trump. He wants you talk about the guy in the red hat all day and night.
So are you going to follow Trump’s order?
Or are you going to try to cover important stories that Trump doesn’t want you to cover?
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) October 11, 2018