Fashion mogul Kanye West released his first ad for his presidential campaign on Twitter Monday.
Standing in front of a black-and-white American flag, the billionaire rapper looked off into the distance as he addressed the nation about national strength through faith and family.
“America. What is America’s destiny? What is best for our nation? Our people? What is just, true justice?” West began. “We have to think about all these things together as a people.”
Videos of two hands touching under water, and a Hispanic couple praying at a table, and a prayer group in discussion flashed by as West, 43, spoke. “To contemplate our future, to live up to our dream, we must have vision. We as a people will revive our nation’s commitment to faith, to what our Constitution calls the free exercise of religion, including, of course, prayer. Through prayer, faith can be restored.”
“We as a people are called to a greater purpose than ourselves. We are not only a beacon to the world, but we should be servants to each other. To encourage each other, to help each other to lift up each other,” he stated as a space capsule orbited earth and firemen rushed into a rescue.
“Our fellow Americans, that we may all prosper together,” he said over a clip of a man tending to a greenhouse.
WATCH: Kanye West releases presidential campaign ad: "We will build a stronger country by building stronger families. Families are the building blocks of society, of a nation. By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people, God intends us to be." pic.twitter.com/5IMCJpWQdT
— The Hill (@thehill) October 12, 2020
“We have to act on faith, with the sure knowledge that we are pursuing the right goals and doing the right things.” He continued as still photos of black families, including one of West and his father blinked across the screen.
“We will build a stronger country by building stronger families. Families are the building blocks of society, of a nation. By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people God intends us to be,” he concluded as “Write In Kanye West” tailed the video.
Twitter users reacted harshly. One accused the rapper of “trying to take votes from Biden.” Another replied, “I’m writing in #VanHalen for President.” Another claimed his mother’s death caused his “insane religious path. Grieved so hard dude’s brain just broke.”
One guy replied, “that’s my president,” while another finished, “said nobody.”
— abs (@selismyrare) October 12, 2020