What do a failed president, a disoriented rapper and a White separatist have in common? They’re all losers! And, as news reports have revealed, they all met for dinner just before Thanksgiving. Former President Donald Trump hosted hip-hop singer Kanye West (now known as Ye) and right-wing extremist media personality Nick Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida a few weeks ago.
If I ever host a dinner party with some of the most interesting and intellectual people in the world, the three aforementioned clowns wouldn’t get past my front door. (Disclaimer: no offense meant to professional clowns.)
We’ve all had those ‘what-were-they-thinking’ reactions to certain people’s bizarre behavior. But Trump, West and Fuentes bring a new level of absurdity into the public forum. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a walking embodiment of incompetence (Trump) would invite two other dopers to his estate.
I’ve never been a fan of Trump. When he announced his bid for the U.S. presidency in 2015, I pointed out that he’d technically been running for president for some 30 years. In a 1980s interview with Barbara Walters, she queried Trump about whether or not he would seek the Oval Office. Many scoffed at the notion that a New York real estate tycoon should run for the presidency simply because he was incredibly wealthy and well-known.
Those of us old enough to remember the excesses of the 1980s – especially here in the U.S. – know that wealth and fame suddenly became requisites for political office or any kind of leadership position.
Regardless of his status, Trump isn’t a realist. Consider his relentless – and undeniably refuted – claims that the 2020 elections were fraudulent. He still refuses to accept defeat; thus proving he’s the proverbial sore loser. In my own analysis, the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections were blatantly fraudulent, but that’s an entirely different discussion.
But West and Fuentes are also denialists. West denies observations that he has no real talent, and Fuentes denies the Nazi Holocaust occurred. I’m certain they all deny other realities, but I don’t want to spend that much time on them.
Trump, West and Fuentes are perfect companions for each other. While Trump made a name for himself in the 1980s as a successful real estate magnate, West made a name for himself in the violence-prone world of hip-hop. I have to admit I can’t identify any of his “songs” and I wouldn’t care to either.
Fuentes’ arrival in the public arena is recent. At barely 24 years old, he’s become an icon of right-wing extremists; a youthful vial of hate and bigotry. He represents a new generation of Christo-fascist warriors who believe, for example, that Christopher Columbus discovered America and African slaves were actually indentured servants.
Further proving his detachment from reality, Trump denied knowing who Fuentes is. He’d allegedly invited only West for dinner, and West invited Fuentes. Of course that’s what happened!
No matter who invited who for dinner, Trump brought out the worst in humanity: the hatred, the putrid, the disgusting and the violent. Along with West and Fuentes, he represents everything that’s wrong with this nation – and everything a civilized society shouldn’t be.
But let them dine together! They deserve one another.
The rest of us deserve better.
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