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Kanye West’s short spurt of presidential ambition has been nothing short of a rollercoaster. Beginning on the day of his official announcement, people were pointing out that the rapper has missed the deadline to land his name on the ballot in quite a few states. But it seemed like that news wasn’t slowing West down, until it did… or did it? Wait… what exactly is going on with Ye?
July 4th, Kanye announces his intention to run for President in a tweet:
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
On this same day, his follow-up interview with Forbes was published, in which the rapper accuses Planned Parenthood of being “placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.” The interview also contained the first clear details of the performers intended platform:
He’s running in 2020 under a new banner: the Birthday Party.
He is getting guidance from Elon Musk.
He no longer supports Trump.
Kanye is suspicious of vaccines including the current covid-19 vaccines under development.
He wants to run the White House based on Wakanda from Black Panther.
Kanye understands and accepts that his candidacy may steal essential black voters from Biden.
July 9th, TMZreports that West’s family is concerned that the billionaire rapper is suffering a bipolar episode based on his presidential aspirations.
On this same day, New York Magazine journalist Ben Jacobs was informed by Steve Kramer, a get-out-the-vote specialist who had been hired to help West get on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina, that Kanye was “out.”
July 14th, New York Magazine published the information received from Steve Kramer. On this same day,The Hillreported that West received a mere 2 percent of the vote in a national presidential poll conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies following the announcement of his presidential bid.
July 15th, TMZdrops the news that West has filed the first form required by the FEC: Form 1, Statement of Organization- declaring that the Kanye 2020 committee will serve as the “Principal Campaign Committee” with West as its candidate.
The FEC has not confirmed the legitimacy of the filing and said that West has yet to make a “Statement of Candidacy.”
Knowing Kanye, this won’t be the last we hear from him. But in the country’s constant state of chaos lately, it’d be nice to get a definitive answer, #Kanye2020, ‘Ye’ or ne?
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Danica Creahan is a student of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University and Intern at AfterBuzz TV with a passion for story-telling and rewatching 90’s TV shows.
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