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Kanye West Wasn't Asked to Perform at Trump's Inauguration for This Reason

Kanye West Wasn't Asked to Perform at Trump's Inauguration for This Reason

Kanye West was not asked to perform at Donald Trump‘s inauguration because “it’s not the venue” and he’s not “typically and traditionally American.”

“We haven’t asked him. He’s been great. He considers himself a friend of the President-elect, but it’s not the venue,” Presidential Inaugural Committee chairman Tom Barrack told CNN. “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.”

“We have the opportunity to have many A-list celebrities, which is what the issue was,” Tom continued about the lack of A-list talent signing up for the election. “The directive from the president-elect was simple: make it great, make it for the people, and we have three of the greatest celebrities in the world here already. We have President Obama, No. 1 celebrity in the world as it exists today. We have this, Washington, D.C., which is a stage that is incomparable to anywhere in the world. And we have the president-elect, Donald Trump, who is certainly on everybody’s list as one of the top celebrities in the world.”

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  • Shelby

    Don’t need any performances. Just get to work on the economy.

  • plez

    It’s so funny watching these people lie.

  • rocknmovie

    Not “typically and traditionally American.” if that’s not a racist comment… and yet he supported Trump.

  • cutitout

    How could any music genre be more “traditionally American” than rap, seeing as it was created in America? Everyone knows why there won’t be any relevant performers at the “festivities” the spin is just silly.

  • cutitout

    Its gonna be great for corporate CEO’s.

  • Shelby

    Many of us work for corporations. We don’t want to see corporations suffer. That means layoffs. If they can’t make a profit, why would they continue to be in business?

  • Gina

    “We have the opportunity to have many A-list celebrities, which is what the issue was.” Haha saving face.

  • shoes4life

    Spin cycle is in full effect! Yeah, keep up the lies Trumpzo the Clown we all know why you’ll have less inauguration festivities (3) than any other recent president. Your approval rating speaks to it as well.

  • Strats

    Not “traditionally American”?!?!? Kanye’s American ancestry goes back further than Trumps!!