Kanye West, 43, has never voted in an election. This Monday he registered in Wyoming, during the hangover of the announcement of his candidacy for the presidency of the United States. The man who would have liked to see Bernie Sanders as Donald Trump’s vice president now wants to be the one who sits in the Oval Office. An idea he had toyed with for five years. In theory, he was going to wait until 2024, so as not to get in the way of the current president, whom he has once called his hero, his brother. But now it seems “a great disaster.” “I take off my red cap [MAGA, Make America Great Again] in this interview, ”he told Forbes a few days ago, where he invited both Trump and Democrat Joe Biden to stand aside in the presidential race.
A few months after releasing his album titled Yes In June 2018, the billionaire rapper appeared in the famous red cap on Saturday Night Live. He defended the Republican and criticized the Democrats on an obviously anti-Trump television program, drawing a barrage of criticism. Days later, he visited the US president at the White House to allegedly address prison reform. The artist was full of praise for the New Yorker and repeated that he would run for the presidency in 2024. Skeptics said that all the paraphernalia was to promote the new album. The same theory that others are considering after the announcement of his presidential career four months before the elections and three months after the release of his ninth album: God’s Country.
In the extensive interview with Forbes, the rapper says he has never voted in an election because he was scared. He claims that he was threatened that his musical career would end if he voted for Trump; if as an African American I didn’t vote for a Democrat. “That is what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people. Threatening them to the point where this white man [Joe Biden] You can tell a black man ‘if you don’t vote for me, you’re not black,’ “he said, referring to the words of the Democratic candidate at the end of May on the radio program The Breakfast Club.
“To say that the black vote is democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy,” added the artist, who has also been forced to give explanations for statements that have offended his own community. “You hear it said that slavery lasted 400 years. 400 years? It seems like an option ”, he assured the TMZ website two years ago, a phrase that ignited social networks and for which they continue to ask him in interviews.
In the end, more than if he meets the state deadlines to register as an independent candidate, the 21-time Grammy winner believes that God will be the one to decide whether or not he can run. If it is this year or in four more, it will depend on the divinity. In any case, he says that he plans to speak with experts to help him carry out the candidacy. Said to Forbes who will talk with Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with members of the White House and with Biden himself. At least he already has the support of his mega-famous wife Kim Kardashian – who became the most mentioned on Twitter when West announced his candidacy. The owner of Tesla, Elon Musk, had endorsed the singer through the social network, but after three days he deleted the tweet and assured that they may have “more differences of opinion than he anticipated.”
When to perform isn’t the only thing the award-winning rapper leaves in God’s hands. The cure against the coronavirus is also left to him. On Forbes He claimed to have been infected with covid-19 and said that to end the pandemic we must stop angering God. In his opinion, a vaccine to end the coronavirus would be “the mark of the beast.” “They want to put chips inside us, they want to do all kinds of things so that we cannot cross the gates of heaven,” he says of the people who are developing these treatments, along the lines of those who defend conspiracy theories and anti-vaccines. According to the rapper, those who work to achieve the vaccine against covid-19 have the devil inside, just like the centers of Planned Parenthoods, where they perform abortions to people with limited resources, that “the white supremacists put inside the cities to do the devil’s work ”.
Kanye West would be a Republican if Donald Trump were not already a candidate for that party. He is a man who reads the Bible before going to sleep, rejects the termination of pregnancy, and attributes the rise in murders, suicides and drug addiction to people who eliminated prayer from schools. If he reaches the White House, he wants to reestablish “the love and fear of God in schools and in organizations.” Although Trump has disappointed him, he told Forbes that he is the closest president there has been in years and that he has allowed God to continue to be part of the conversation. That is why it is not surprising that the rapper has chosen as his partner for the vice presidency Michelle Tidball, a coach and telepreacher of the Bible. Of course, she has to be willing to lead an organizational model based on the secret country of Wakanda from the movie. Black Panther. Because, in Kanye West’s unpredictable mind, that’s how he imagines his tenure.