Kanye West shocked the world when he brought out embattled stars DaBaby and Marilyn Manson at his third Donda listening party — so one could only imagine how the public would've reacted if twice-impeached former president Donald Trump took the stage alongside Hollywood's pariahs.
After West's shocking event in Chicago on Thursday, August 26 — which also saw estranged wife Kim Kardashian join the rapper at the center of Soldier Field wearing a wedding dress — Radar learned the father-of-four initially hoped Trump would join the questionable celebrity crew on stage.
“Kanye reached out to Donald Trump’s team to get the former President to make an appearance alongside him and join DaBaby, Marilyn Manson, and Kim Kardashian in Chicago," an insider confirmed of West's hopeful plans. (As OK! previously reported, Kardashian knew nothing about Manson and DaBaby's appearance.)
The insider pointed out that the "Power" rapper "is not afraid of controversy," noting: "Why else would he invite DaBaby after he spewed homophobic remarks and Marilyn Manson who has been accused by several women of sexual assault?"
As OK! reported, DaBaby came under fire after he went on a homophobic rant at the Rolling Loud music festival in late July. As for Manson, he's been accused of various forms of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by at least 15 different women.
"As far as Kanye is concerned, all press is good press," the source stated, explaining that having the former president back West's musical endeavors "would have been huge for Kanye, who was a big supporter of Donald Trump."
West — who is in the process of legally changing his name to Ye — has made it clear over the years that he can and will do whatever he wants in life. "This is a man who ran for President after everyone told him not to do it," another pal chimed in. "This is a man who wore a red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and visited the Oval Office. Kanye loves to press buttons."
The source insinuated the "Heartless" rapper may have more tricks up his sleeve after his highly anticipated tenth studio album was finally dropped on Sunday, August 29. "Expect a lot more press stunts over the next few days," added the source. "I wouldn’t put it past him to turn up with Bill Cosby."
It seems West's next publicity stunt may already be underway, as he's been running around telling everyone that he and the KKW beauty founder, 40, are back together amid their pending divorce.
Sources close to Kardashian insisted West's claims aren't true, but said he's using the rumors to promote his album and beat out nemesis Drake in record sales ahead of his Certified Lover Boy album drop on Friday, September 3.
Meanwhile, West, 44, has been taking the heat from fellow rappers Chris Brown and Soulja Boy after their reported contributions didn't appear in the final cut of the album. Both artists took to social media to blast the former U.S presidential candidate, with Brown writing in a since-deleted Instagram Story: "Kanye a whole hoe."
The Grammy Award winner has since insisted Universal dropped his album without his approval and "blocked 'Jail 2' from being on the album." The missing song had a feature from DaBaby, while his tune "Jail" — which has a writing credit by disgraced performer Manson — made the cut.