Kanye West, the artist, is brilliant. Even though he dropped what will arguably go down as his very first lackluster album this year (Ye), the rest of his catalog will likely stand unparalleled for many years to come. That's why it's so goddamn heartbreaking to watch the dude who previously inspired so many (myself included) to pursue actual freethinking dilute that idea by rattling off Republican talking points and rationalizing his adoption of a symbol many view as one of hate. At any rate, in the middle of his latest TMZ appearance, West took a break from nihilistic MAGA-ing to express his belief that LeBron James should remain in Cleveland.

"I'mma just, and it's not my place, but just to make it 'Ye, I feel like LeBron really needs to be in Cleveland," West said during a sit-down with fellow Trump lover and alleged human Harvey Levin. LeBron James, of course, is now a Los Angeles Laker. By West's assessment, his impact would be greater felt in Cleveland.

West added: "It ain't my place, and I'm sorry Mav and LeBron. I know that's speaking out of place but I feel like LeBron needs to be in Cleveland, 'Ye needs to be in Chicago, Big U needs to be in Crenshaw creating factories where his kids that he looks after 99 percent of the time when he's not with his own kids can learn trades [and] crafts all the way from bonding a shirt together to STEMS, I think, was the term he used." STEMs, for the record, is an acronym for "science, technology, engineering, and mathematics."

Meanwhile, West is said to be in the middle of re-establishing a home base in Chicago while simultaneously keeping his California properties. At least, that's the plan according to his new BFFs over at TMZ. Monday's interview, however, notably did not take place anywhere near Chicago. Neither did the "We Got Love" video shoot, his previous TMZ appearance, etc.

Anyway, if someone in your life suddenly starts rocking a MAGA hat one day, intervene. Friends don't let friends join the Trump cult. At least, real friends don't.