As with most of his Tweets, Kanye West's Fourth of July declaration about running for president sparked a guessing game as to whether he was being serious or not. Thanks to a four hour interview West gave with Forbes, his political motives become (slightly) clearer.
The rapper, fashion designer, and businessman now has less than 30 days to decide if he wants to run for president in 2020 or not. While he has missed the filing opportunity for most state's ballots, he believes that he can still make a case for getting on any and all ballots. He revealed his campaign slogan, "YES!" and his running mate, Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming. His campaign will be known as "The Birthday Party" and he very much intends to win.
Throughout the interview, West opens up about his previous support of President Trump and what caused him to retire his MAGA hat, saying:
"Trump is the closest president we've had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation...It looks like one big mess to me. I don't like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker."
West has no fear when it comes to running against Joe Biden, saying that he is "not special" unlike Trump, Obama, and Clinton. Look for West under the independent affiliation in November as he refuses to run as a Republican against Trump.
Throughout the interview, He reveals his own battle with coronavirus, registering to vote for the first time, and his plan for godliness in all of his political endeavors.
Despite fighting COVID-19 in February, West talked openly about his aversion to vaccines, saying:
"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."
This anti-vaccine sentiment soon turns into a rant about how vaccines can place the Devil inside of people so they can't make it to heaven. Speaking of the Devil, West also revealed his stance on abortion rights, saying:
"Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil's work."
Taking a break from the religious talk, West comments on Black History Month and police brutality amid the Black Lives Matter movement. This included the need to promote racial equality outside of social media, with a shoutout to TikTok and a convoluted unique view on defending police officers during this time:
"This man was put in a position where—and also he probably didn't realize that the cop was going to take it that far, he probably was so scared, in shock, paralyzed, like so many Black people. I'm one of the few Black people that would speak openly like this."
West also offered an insight into what his four years at the White House could look like, with inspiration pulled from Wakanda, the fictional African nation in Marvel's Black Panther:
"Let's get back to Wakanda… like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine—like big pharma—we are going to work, innovate, together."
You can read the rest of the interview and West's political stances here.
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