The Trump inauguration committee has had problems securing performers, but one big name they don't want is Kanye West.
Despite West's open praise for President-elect Donald Trump and their meeting in December 2016, Trump inauguration committee chairman Tom Barrack Jr. told CNN on Jan. 18 that West won't be there:
We haven’t asked him. He’s been great, he considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue. The venue we have for the entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect. It’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy, we just haven’t asked him to perform. And we move on with our agenda.
The Huffington Post notes that Trump's "traditionally American" performer lineup includes country singer Toby Keith, whose tune "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" includes the lyrics: "We’ll put a boot in your ass / It’s the American way."
In response to the Trump decision, comedian John Fugelsang tweeted on Jan. 19: "Wait so Kanye was just being used & played for a sucker by Trump all along? Boy, I sure hope Don wasn't doing that to any other supporters."
For those who don't support Trump, but still want to enjoy the inauguration, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi has created "The Official Donald Trump Inauguration Drinking Game."
Taibbi, who often tweets drinking game rules during presidential debates, offers guidelines suggested to him by fellow Twitter users for boozing it up:
1. Trump deploys the "pinchy fingers" rhetorical maneuver, holding his hands out to his sides and waving them back and forth with Spaghetti-Oed mini-fingers. Make it a double if he uses his trademark "high-fives (or high-tens) the invisible ghost in front of him" move.
2. Trump berates or insults a media outlet, or gloats about one that is dying or dead.
3. Mike Pence holds a fake smile for 30 consecutive seconds. We have someone monitoring this, so I'll be tweeting it out if we have confirmed instances.
4. Trump name-checks a celebrity, or references The Apprentice.
5. Trump praises someone who until recently was a political enemy. Jager shot for Paul Ryan.
6. Trump doubles up a modifier, i.e. "many, many" or "very, very."
7. The crowd chants "Lock her up!"
8. Trump makes preemptive excuses for his incipient failures. This could mean just about anything, including long excoriations on the "mess" and "disaster" his predecessor left for him to clean up.
9. Trump references the popular vote vs. the Electoral College. Double if he claims he would have won the popular vote if he'd wanted to.