5 Stages of Trying to Justify Kanye West's Support of Donald Trump

This psychological tightrope walk of denial is quite a complicated process.
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The other day my friend Erik invited me out to go bar hopping. I said, “I can’t, I'm absolutely exhausted.” He was like, “Why the hell are you so exhausted?” I sternly replied, “Trying to justify Kanye’s support for Trump is a full-time job.”

Watching Ye praise 45 is beyond disappointing. I respect Kanye’s inclination to challenge societal views, but he’s on the wrong side of history with this. I’ve said it before and I'll say it again, the only thing me and Trump have in common is we both wanna bang his daughter.

Trump is an irredeemable, racist, psychotic douchebiscuit. I still laugh (cry) at the fact that Kevin Spacey was exposed as a sexual predator and got fired from playing the president on a TV show, but Donald Trump was exposed as a sexual predator and became the actual president.

Wrestling with Ye’s support for Spray Tan Hitler™️ is an emotional journey. The hectic mental gymnastics you have to do to justify his positive comments about the orange pussy-grabber takes a physical toll.

It’s my fault for putting the dude on a pedestal. Our favorite entertainers are human, just like us. Flawed, complicated and imperfect. Except for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, that motherfucker is an angel.

I’m still psyched for the new albums because I'm a human being with eardrums and a soul. But damn.

At first, I would bend logic in any way I could to justify Kanye’s unlikely Donald bromance, like most of his fans. But then I realized that this psychological tightrope walk of denial is actually a more complicated process.

Here are the five stages of attempting (and failing) to justify Kanye’s support for Trump.

1. HE’S JUST TROLLING

“This is just Kanye being Kanye! He likes to rattle people up and fuck with the system. He doesn’t ACTUALLY support this sociopathic reality TV star who thinks Obama was born in Kenya. He’s just trying to piss people off. You naive sheeple are SOOOO stupid for taking the bait.”

2. HE’S MAKING A DEEP STATEMENT ON THE NATURE OF FAME

“Kanye met with Trump at Trump Tower?! Well, he clearly secretly hates Trump but he’s using this photo op to make a deep statement about the nature of celebrity lifestyles. It’s a coded message dissecting the shallow tabloid culture in this country. This whole publicity stunt is a brilliant metaphor for our country’s failure to properly address systematic racism. This is incredible. Thank you, Mr. West.”

3. THIS IS JUST A SIDE EFFECT OF HIS MENTAL BREAKDOWN

“Kanye had a rough 2016. He was in a difficult headspace. He wasn’t thinking clearly when he said he’s a Trump supporter. When I go through mental breakdowns I say shit I don’t mean all the time. Hell, one time in the midst of a bipolar episode I said, 'I’m gonna take an improv class.' Do you really think I meant that shit? Kanye saying, “I would have voted for Trump” was clearly just his 'I’m gonna take an improv class' moment.”

4. HE’S JUST CREATING BUZZ FOR THE NEW ALBUM

"This is what my boy Yeezy does! He stirs up controversy so all eyes are on him when he drops a new album. It’s marketing strategy. It’s aggressive, ballsy, and brilliant. He doesn’t actually have any admiration for this rotting pumpkin with dementia. This is just Kanye poking the bear with a stick so he can cause a massive roar and hijack the national spotlight. It’s performance art in itself.”

5. WELL........... SHIT

“Kanye told Ebro that he still loves Trump? Well..... I think what he REALLY meant was...... Ok, well he actually is just......... I think he’s just saying that becau-....... Fuck.

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