American rapper, Kanye West who recently announced his run for the 2020 Presidential race reaffirmed his seriousness about running for office.
In a four-hour, long interview with Forbes magazine on Wednesday, West said he no longer supports President Donald Trump and will mount his own campaign for president.
His campaign slogan will be “Kanye West YES” and he will run as an independent under the heading of the “Birthday Party”, West told Forbes. If it were not for Trump, West would run as a Republican.
“Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation,” West said but that the country is a “big mess” now.
“I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker,” West said of Trump.
He was referring to last month’s reports that Trump had hidden in a bunker after protests swept the entire country. Ending police brutality is one of West’s top policy goals, he told Forbes.
He’s against the death penalty, is anti-abortion, is “extremely cautious” about vaccines, wants to return prayer to public schools and has acknowledged that he is a political novice.
West said he was sick from the coronavirus in February.
West’s first supporters are his wife Kim Kardashian-West and Elon Musk, who he said has been encouraging him to run for president for years.
Talking about running for presidency, Kanye West said that he hasn’t taken steps as of yet but will do in time to come.
West criticised Democrats and Joe Biden for taking Black voters for granted.
“To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy. 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.”
In an appearance in May on a radio show popular with African Americans, the former vice president had suggested Blacks who vote for Trump “ain’t Black”. The comment created outrage and Biden was forced to apologise.
West will need to move quickly to organise a campaign team and to get his name on the ballot in all 50 states if he is to mount a credible third-party run. No independent candidate for president has ever garnered more than 13.5 percent of the national vote.
Kanye Omari West, 43, is a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, entrepreneur and fashion designer. West is one of the most acclaimed musicians of his generation. Outside of his music career, West has also had success in the fashion industry.
Born in 1977 began his musical career mid-1990s.
West has appeared and participated in many fundraisers, benefit concerts, and has done community work for Hurricane Katrina relief, the Kanye West Foundation, the Millions More Movement, 100 Black Men of America, a Live Earth concert benefit, World Water Day rally and march, Nike runs, a Hurricane Sandy benefit concert, and an MTV special helping young Iraq War veterans who struggle through debt and PTSD a second chance after returning home.
In June 2020, in wake of the killing of George Floyd and following protests, he donated $2 million between the family of Floyd and other victims of police brutality Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. The donation funded legal fees for Arbery and Taylor’s families, as well as establishing a 529 plan to fully cover college tuition for Floyd’s daughter.