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Kanye-proof society ignores sanity

(NewsNation) — Monday is World Mental Health Day, and because today we’re focusing on mental health issues, that’s the only reason I consider Kanye West to be relevant to your interests.

Our main story of the day is the mass targeting of innocent people by Russians in Ukraine, but we have to discuss why it’s not an obvious choice if you look at other shows.

Kanye West is all over social media for making anti-Semitic remarks — he’s been suspended by Twitter — and my team was right to point out that he’s a cudgel for the right versus the left.

But this is the game of marginal frenzy. Kanye is living proof of how we ignore struggling people and play them crazy or weird, not sick.

Kanye should not be taken seriously as a political actor and certainly not as a political thinker. It’s wrong to exploit his ramblings and it’s really wrong to ignore his bigotry.

Todd Rokita, Indiana Attorney General tweeted in support of the rapper, saying the media criticized him for his “independent thinking”. Later, Rokita clarified and attempted to dissociate herself from Kanye’s anti-Semitic remarks.

See the game, change the game. It’s not independent thinking because it’s convenient for you and your political fight. It’s odious.

People should say Kanye needs help. Period. What he said is ugly and his behavior is crying out for help.

Today is World Mental Health Day, so let’s not play it off as an article of convenience to keep this contagion of toxic political rhetoric going. Let’s treat this day with respect and treat her situation as something that needs to be sorted out.

Here, we are not going to exploit it. We are not going to ignore what matters.

And that’s why Kyiv should be a priority for Americans. Russia has just attacked innocent people in the main populated areas of Ukraine. They are still searching and counting the dead and wounded.

Ukraine cannot be expected to face Russia alone. Yes, we gave them billions and a modest slice of weapons, but we poured billions into Iraq and Afghanistan and had thousands of troops on the ground for many years.

I have been there. These places were never going to become a true democracy, and Russia is a far more dangerous enemy than what we faced there.

I’m really afraid that a big reason why Russia is ignored here is that there’s a perverse idea among Republicans that if you see Russia as a threat, you kind of concede that the Democrats were right to say that they were helping the former president.

Forget all that. This is about all of us fighting to stop the Russians from rebuilding the Soviet Union, threatening to use nuclear weapons and killing civilians.

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