At the end of the rollercoaster ride that was 2016, Kanye West seemed to finally tip over the line between misunderstood genius and incoherent narcissist when he visited Trump Tower to meet Donald Trump and pose for awkward photos in the lobby. West later tried to spin it as his attempt to get on the ground floor of Trump's administration to talk violence in Chicago, but a significant portion of his fan base was thoroughly disappointed in him. But it seems that West has taken a page from Asif and has ended his burgeoning friendship with Trump
Today, West deleted all Tweets he made referencing Trump and their ill-fated meeting in December (sample: "I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change."). According to TMZ, the first weeks of Trump's presidency, and in particular the immigration and refugee ban that focused on largely-Muslim countries, tipped him over the edge (though he hasn't said anything publicly yet).
Kanye is off Trump after the Muslim ban, TMZ reports, so he deleted his tweets about working together. meanwhile, Ye has one tweet fav’d… pic.twitter.com/mmzZguEsiG
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) February 6, 2017
It couldn't have helped that in recent weeks, Trump has upped his rhetoric about Chicago, vaguely threatening to send the Feds in, pulling funds from Sanctuary Cities, and slamming the city again by calling the violence there "out of control."
Trump lost Kanye and John Yoo on the same day. Yikes.
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) February 6, 2017
The move is better late than never, but West really alienated a lot of people—including friends such as John Legend—with his deeply-misguided support for Trump initially. It won't be easy for everyone to get this image out of their minds.
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) December 13, 2016
But this is still a better friendship breakup than that time Kanye's cousin stole his laptop and then blackmailed him.