Kanye West is reportedly dropping out of the 2020 Presidential race less than two weeks after announcing his intention to run.
West announced his plan to run for office over Twitter on the Fourth of July. “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.”
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
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
The declaration left both fans and media speculating that West was pulling a publicity stunt to coincide with the release of his latest album. Others wondered if the rapper is struggling with mental illness. People reports that West is suffering from symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, and wife Kim Kardashian is “worried,” because “Kanye’s behavior is very unpredictable.” West has given the Keeping up with the Kardashians star a reason to worry.
In a lengthy, rambling interview with Forbes, the Yeezy brand owner said he was running as a candidate of The Birthday Party, because, “When we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.” He suggested that Trump and Biden gracefully bow out of the race, compared vaccines to the “mark of the beast”, and most questionably stated that he would use the framework of a fictional country, Marvel’s Wakanda, to run the White House.
“That is a positive idea: you got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans.” West shockingly declared, “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.”
However delusional, money really can buy anything, so the billionaire bought a campaign staff. The 180-person team was working to get Kanye West listed as a third-party candidate in Florida and several other states. Detrimentally, at the time of his announcement to run, West had already missed filing dates for six states, with deadlines for seven more fast approaching.
West gained supporters in fellow billionaire, Elon Musk, and Chance the Rapper, who was slammed on Twitter for promoting his candidacy. But after less than two weeks into the race, West’s election strategist, Steve Kramer, told Intelligencer that the rapper has ended his brief Presidential run. West has yet to comment publicly.