Trump’s wild West show

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER - Josh Gohlke, ed­i­to­rial writer

To watch Pres­i­dent Trump pa­tiently if awk­wardly en­ter­tain an ex­tended Oval Of­fice rant by the mu­si­cian Kanye West was to see two men, though di­vided by race, gen­er­a­tion and more, thor­oughly united by their affin­ity for silly hats and at­ten­tion-grab­bing garbage.

The ex­change, while re­mark­ably free of fac­tual or co­her­ent con­tent, ac­com­plished a feat that, given di­min­ish­ing re­turns for tired acts, re­quires ever more elab­o­rate ef­forts by both per­form­ers: get­ting on live tele­vi­sion. What bet­ter way to dis­tract from West’s fad­ing con­tri­bu­tions to his field or, more im­por­tant, an ad­min­is­tra­tion swamped by dis­as­ters, nat­u­ral and man-made, from Michael to Mo­hammed to Mueller?

What­ever their orig­i­nal, re­spec­tive tal­ents, West and Trump have for some time been chiefly em­ployed as stars of the vast, va­pid re­al­ity show at the cen­ter of our cul­ture. Now they, and it, have in­fil­trated the cen­ter of our govern­ment, too.

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