Stay vigilant because we don’t know what Kanye West is up to.
In a Fourth of July declaration via Twitter, the Hip Hop star turned shoe mogul announced he is running for president. His timely tweets set the internet on fire as people tried to determine his seriousness based on his “rambling” four-hour interview with Forbes.
In the interview, Kanye revealed his plan to run under the “Birthday Party” banner and said he has chosen Elon Musk to guide him. Furthermore, he said he has removed his “red” hat to indicate he no longer supports Donald Trump.
Elsewhere in the interview,’ Ye acknowledged that his decision to run is highly likely to siphon Black Votes from the Democratic nominee (a move that would favor Trump), he admitted he’s never voted, and spoke on his Wakanda management model that he hopes to implement in the White House. Earlier this week, the rapper was publicly called out when records showed he had not filed papers with the Federal Election Commission, although the November 3 election is four months away. Many are upset that he has made a spectacle of a very serious matter.
The 43-year-old billionaire spent much of the interview strategically revealing his core message that he has 30 days to decide if he will run. According to Forbes, Kanye would miss the filing deadlines for most states. Still, he believes he can argue his way onto ballots by referencing the coronavirus, a virus he claims he caught back in February.
“I’m speaking with experts, I’m going to speak with Jared Kushner, the White House, with Biden,” says West. He has no campaign strategy at the moment and admits his only advisors are the two-and only two people who endorsed his announcement on the fourth: wife Kim Kardashian-West and Telsa mogul Elon Musk. “We’ve been talking about this for years,” West said, adding that he has already proposed Musk to be the head of the space program.
Initially, Kanye was set to run for the 2024 term, but couldn’t hold his horses to launch his “YES!” slogan campaign. As for his running mate, West said he’s selected Michelle Tidball, an obscure preacher from Wyoming. And perhaps more corny is the reason behind his “Birthday Party” association- “because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.”
Forbes believes Kanye is truly unaware that his ideas resemble an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and even though he registered to vote for the first time in Cody, Wyoming, his run for president is not a parody or another publicity stunt timely fitting for his upcoming album release. And in an attempt to make us believe him, he said he’d give his album away for free. But when has Kanye ever admitted to a stunt?
What’s more puzzling is the fact that just two weeks ago, text exchanges between Kanye and Forbes interviewer Randall Lane were released, where Kanye ended his messages with “Trump 2020′ with a fist raised high. He now wants us to believe he’s lost confidence in his “former” ally.
“It looks like one big mess to me,” he said. “I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker,” West added that he contracted the coronavirus in late February, though he maintains that had nothing to do with his thoughts on running this year.
Weirdly, he didn’t denounce Trump, but he did have words for Biden, who he harshly criticized, which gives us at least one reason to probe down the rabbit hole of a ploy to help get Trump re-elected. If Kanye were to run, its possible he could divide the Black votes, which would highly favor Trump.
“I’m not saying Trump’s in my way; he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like, come on, man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special.”
Kanye also admitted that he’d run as a Republican if it weren’t for Trump, but this seemed to contradict his earlier statement that he no longer has faith that Trump can lead the nation, which should actually encourage him to run as a Republican.
According to Forbes, after vaguely discussing Trump, he divulged his thoughts on China, taxes, prayer in school, developing policies, and other separate matters, at times, breaking into spontaneous freestyles.
Regarding COVID-19, he said he prays for “the freedom” and for people to stop doing things that “make God mad,” all while showing hesitation for vaccines. “It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed… So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us; they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven. I’m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them. And the sad thing is that the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it.”
Kanye said he wants to “have some fun” when he becomes president and hopes that we can “get past all the racism conversation, let’s empower people with 40 acres and a mule, let’s give some land, that’s the plan.” He said he also wants to match the Black Panther Wakanda framework, although he hasn’t “done much research yet” on taxes or foreign policy.
And when it comes to the headlining topic of police brutality, he said it is on his to-do list to end senseless laws. “Thou Shalt Not Kill. I’m against the death penalty,” he added.
As for the four-year early change of plans, Kanye said, “God just gave me the clarity and said it’s time.” He continued,” You know I was out there, ended up in the hospital, people were calling me crazy. I’m not crazy. Between all of the influences and the positions that we can be put in as musicians—you go on tour, you put out all these albums, and you look up, and you don’t have any money in your account. It can drive you crazy, through all of that, I was looking crazy because it wasn’t the time. Now it’s time. And we’re not going crazy; we’re going Yeezy, it’s a whole ‘notha level now. N-O-T-H-A.”
Kanye, with all seriousness, now is not the time. America is in a fragile state, and we do not need another “so-called” leader who is more interested in entertaining than running a county. Cease and Desist, please.
To read the rest of Kanye’s Interview: visit Forbes.com