Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities have come together piece by piece, but one person who was not invited was Kanye West.
Trump’s chair of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, Tom Barrack, explains to CNN why ‘Ye was not asked to perform.
“He considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it’s not the venue,” he says of ‘Ye’s relationship with the real estate mogul. “The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect, it’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just haven’t asked him to perform. We move on with our agenda.”
West did perform at the “Be The Change” Youth Ball for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. He has since had a rocky relationship with the Commander in Chief, who jokingly called Yeezy a “jackass” later that year, but then offered presidential advice when Kanye announced he was running for office in 2020.
Trump has gotten Toby Keith, The Rockettes, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Chrisette Michele to commit to participating in the inauguration activities, which start tonight (January 19).
What’s more American than that?