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Kanye West sets out his 2020 election platform: Rapper reveals he no longer supports Trump, will run for the 'Birthday Party' using the 'Wakanda management model'

Jamie Foxx Responds to Kanye’s Presidential Bid: ‘Ain’t Got Time For The Bullsh*t’ Kanye West sets out his 2020 election platform

  • Kanye West said he has broken ranks with Trump & vows to win presidential race
  • West said he would either run as a Republican or as an independent candidate 
  • 'Like anything I've ever done in my life, I'm doing to win', he said 
  • He added that he would receive guidance from Elon Musk and obscure vice presidential candidate Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming 

Rapper Kanye West has signaled that he no longer supports U.S. President Donald Trump and said he had entered the presidential race to win it, in an interview published on Wednesday.

West, previously a vocal supporter of Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020.

'I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,' West said, referring to Trump's trademark red 'Make America Great Again' baseball caps.

Rapper Kanye West has signaled that he no longer supports U.S. President Donald Trump and said he had entered the presidential race to win it, in an interview published on Wednesday. Above, West pictured at the Oval Office with Trump in 2018

Rapper Kanye West has signaled that he no longer supports U.S. President Donald Trump and said he had entered the presidential race to win it, in an interview published on Wednesday. Above, West pictured at the Oval Office with Trump in 2018 

'Like anything I've ever done in my life, I'm doing to win', he added.


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Kanye West announced on Independence Day that he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day. 

The rapper made it clear in Tuesday's interview with Forbes that he has broken ranks with the president and would either run as a Republican if Trump dropped out, or as an independent if not. 

West revealed that he would run under a new banner, the Birthday Party, because 'when we win, it's everybody's birthday,' he reasoned. 

He added that he would receive guidance from Elon Musk and obscure vice presidential candidate Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming.  

Kanye West announced on Independence Day that he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day. Above, West at a march calling for the removal of Chicago police from public schools on June 4

Kanye West announced on Independence Day that he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day. Above, West at a march calling for the removal of Chicago police from public schools on June 4

West, who initially intended to run in 2024, said he would definitely be making a bid for power this November. 

West denied that his aim was to split the black vote and hurt the chances of Trump's Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. It was 'a form of racism and white supremacy' to suggest all black people should support the Democrats, he said. 

He noted during the interview that he had never voted before in his life and said he believes that vaccines are the 'mark of the beast.'

The rapper told Forbes he had been ill with COVID-19 in February, and would be suspicious of any vaccines developed to prevent the infection. 

Repeating false theories that link vaccines with child developmental disorders, he said: 'So when they say the way we're going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I'm extremely cautious.' 

Also in the four-hour interview, West said he envisions a White House management model based on the secret country of Wakanda in the film Black Panther.  

The rapper (pictured in a MAGA hat) made it clear that he has broken ranks with the president and would either run as a Republican if Trump dropped out, or as an independent if not

The rapper (pictured in a MAGA hat) made it clear that he has broken ranks with the president and would either run as a Republican if Trump dropped out, or as an independent if not

West recalled the moment it occurred to him that he would run for president, saying he was in the shower at his mother-in-law's house after being offered the MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Awards. 

'I was like this is the best, I'm going to go out there and they're going to think I'm going to do these songs and do this for entertainment, how rigged awards shows are, and then say I'm president,' he told Forbes.

He added that he 'started laughing hysterically' and that was the 'moment it hit [him].' 

During an interview in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Trump said that West's 2020 candidacy would make a 'great trial run' before making a bid for the White House in 2024. 

'It's very interesting,' Trump said. 

'It'd have to be limited to certain states because in some states the deadline has been missed.' 

Among the highlights of the interview with Kanye West were: 

  • On Democrats: West said that he had been threatened as a black man to support the Democrats or his music career would be over. He added that this was the reason why he had been too 'scared' to register to vote before now. He said there is a form of 'racism', 'white supremacy' and 'white control' that says all black people need to be Democrat.
  • On why he supported Trump: The rapper said Trump is a president who allows God to be part of the conversation. He said he wore the MAGA hat to protest the segregation of votes in the black community.
  • On abortion: West said that his belief in God and the words of the bible have led him to be pro-life. 
  • On vaccines: He referred to vaccines as the 'mark of the beast' and said he was skeptical when scientists say they will treat Covid-19 with a vaccine. He continued that '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.' 
  • On coronavirus: West said he was praying and that the virus was related to God, suggesting humans need to stop doing things that make God mad. 
  • On the moment he decided to run for president: He said he was in the shower when it hit him that he would run for president. 'I just laughed in the shower, I don't know for how long, but that's the moment it hit me.'
  • On his foreign policy: The rapper admitted that he had not yet developed a foreign policy and he would concentrate on America first. 
  • On the Wakanda management model: West referred to the film Black Panther to outline his election platform, saying the Wakanda framework was the best to describe what he would do in the White House. He added: 'You got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans—I'm not saying the most because you got a lot of alien level superpowers and it's only collectively that we can set it free.'

The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day by revealing his plans to run for presidency on Twitter, tweeting Saturday: 'We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION.'

The rapper has sparked speculation over the years that he would potentially enter the presidential race one day, most recently in November, when he said he planned to run in 2024. 

West's announcement was met with with mixed reactions of skepticism and excitement, as online bookmakers cut his odds of winning the election from 500/1 to 50/1. 

Presidential bid: The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day with the announcement on Twitter, which was met with mixed reactions

Presidential bid: The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day with the announcement on Twitter, which was met with mixed reactions

The new odds indicate his implied probability of winning the election has increased from 0.2 percent to two percent. 

West's odds are still well behind those of the two current frontrunners, with incumbent Republican President Donald Trump at seven to four and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden at eight to 11, according to OddsChecker.com

While there is no official deadline to enter the presidential race, candidates must meet certain filing requirements under Ballot Access Laws that vary by state. 

The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states, including California. 

Saturday's announcement, which came amid Fourth of July celebrations and protests across the country, immediately caused a stir on social media. 

Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk was among the first to endorse the rapper and sparked rumors that he could be Ye's running mate after replying: 'You have my full support!' 

Last week West visited the Tesla founder and posted a photo on Twitter from their possible meeting of minds.

Several fans replied to the announcement, proposing: 'and can @elonmusk be your VP?' 

Wife Kim Kardashian had little to say immediately after the news broke, but showed her support for her husband by tweeting an American Flag emoji in response. 

Kanye's tweet was met mostly with skepticism, one user referencing his infamous snub of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs: 'Imma let you finish but no.' 

Kanye infamously revealed his support for Donald Trump in 2018 before paying a visit to the White House. Above he is pictured in Trump Tower in December 2016
Kanye infamously revealed his support for Donald Trump in 2018 before paying a visit to the White House. Above he is pictured in Trump Tower in December 2016

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Jamie Foxx is not amused with Kanye West entering the 2020 presidential race. 

Over the weekend, the rapper announced that he’s running for the President of the United States. Several celebrities responded, with Elon Musk noting his support of Ye’s White House goals, while Tiffany Haddish trolled West by announcing that she, too, is entering the presidential race (with Dave Chappelle as her running mate). 

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” Yeezy tweeted on the 4th of July holiday. “I am running for president of the United States!”

On Monday, Stephen Jackson slammed Kanye’s political move by retweeting a post from DJ Hed, in which he warns Americans not to vote for celebrities who’ve neve held public office, per Complex

“Kanye Trump. Fool u once shame on them fool u twice u and 2x fool,” Jackson wrote. “#justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforbreonnataylor and so many more. #ivehadenough of the clown sh*t.”

Foxx, who teamed with Kanye on the Grammy award-winning record “Gold Digger,” co-signed Jackson in the comments section, writing, “Gottdamn right!!! Ain’t got time for the bullsh*t!!!,” he wrote, Complex reports. 
Foxx and Jackson have been working together to advocate for social justice in wake of the police killing of George Floyd.
Matt Barnes has also chimed in on Kanye’s presidential bid, calling out the hip-hop superstar for playing a “dangerous game” by jumping into politics. 
“This is a dangerous game he’s playing. If this is serious, he will definitely divide the minority vote,” Barnes wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post. “Just remember comments like “slavery was a choice” and how buddy buddy he is w trump! Much respect for the artist & his impact on fashion but this is a HUGE F*** NO 4 PRESIDENT”

West has been teasing his presidential goals for the past several years, and planned to run in 2024.
“One of my main things [I’ll address] once I’m president is the medical industry,” he said in a 2018 interview with Power 92.3’s DJ Pharris. “I’m going to make sure that the medical industry flourishes. There’s one thing I learned by hanging around with Jay-Z, and being married to my wife, is you can’t f*** up the paper.. That’s the problem with a lot of the radical leaders in the past.”
Yeezy told GQ earlier this year that he intends to vote for Trump in the upcoming election.
“We know who I’m voting on. And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over,” he said. “Because guess what: I’m still here! Jesus Is King was No. 1! I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with her (Hillary Clinton). What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?”

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Comment by caribmama on July 11, 2020 at 1:01pm

Please stop following this man. He needs the institution bad. His family seriously needs to Baker Act his ass.

Comment by Cherry Butter on July 10, 2020 at 6:49am

Always remember the words out his mouth.  "Slavery was a choice". Just keep making  America a joke again. Other countries don't respect us. Foreigners live here and most don't like us. He's ridiculous if he think he'll get elected.  Just a black ass clown with money. 

Comment by vaughn mitchell on July 8, 2020 at 3:13pm
Dumb and dumber, who does he think he is fooling he cannot run as a Republican, and no one will vote for him as in independent, he is just talking out of his ass, he I hope he does run, so he can spend millions, and end up bankrupt.
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