Kanye West has several challenges if he would like to seriously compete in the 2020 presidential race, according to reports.
The rapper and fashion designer will have to quickly move if he is serious about running for president. There are four months before the November 3 election. Kanye will still need to register with the Federal Election Commission, create a presidential campaign, and collect signatures so he can get on the ballot next to Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
So far, Kanye has missed the deadlines in multiple states to file as an independent. These states include North Carolina (March 3), Texas (May 11), New York (May 26), Maine (June 1), New Mexico (June 25), and Indiana (June 30). That said, it’s not too late for him to appear on the ballot in other states including Florida, South Carolina, Michigan, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, etc. The deadline to register is quickly approaching.
Getting on ballots as an independent candidate still requires hiring staff or recruiting volunteers to gather thousands of signatures across the country before the registration periods close.
Many believe that Kanye is running to hurt Joe Biden’s campaign, which could shift Black voters away from Joe Biden, and support Donald Trump’s campaign. Kanye could do this through write-in votes.
Analyst forecaster Rachel Bitecofer explained to USA Today that “celebrity is a major asset” and with Kanye’s fame and finances, he could create a big campaign to definitely siphon votes from one candidate to help another. In addition, Elon Musk, the Tesla Billionaire, also voiced his support for Kanye’s campaign.
“Then you don’t need ballot access. He’s got his own fortune, his wife’s fortunate and obviously support from Musk,” Bitecofe said. “Let’s say he was serious and he put time, effort and money into this effort then it could potentially siphon off votes from Biden. It really would be dependent on that amount of effort. If it’s just a joke then obviously it’s not going to have that much of an effect.”
She added, “If I was on the Biden campaign today and this came across last night, I would definitely see it as a serious threat and one that I would want to avoid.”
Kanye West Political Beliefs
It is important to note, Kanye publicly stated African-American slavery was “a choice,” is anti-abortion, works with anti-LGBTQ+ pastors, has made excuses for abusers, and is a proud supporter of Trump.
Kanye West Campaign Rally in South Carolina
Since announcing his presidential campaign in June, he’s submitted the required documents and launched a rally in South Carolina. Kanye West spoke to attendees at Exquisites Event Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. West spoke wearing a security vest and wearing a “2020” haircut for the first rally of his campaign.
It did not take long to spark controversy. At one point during the speech, he looked to clarify the work of Harriet Tubman saying, “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people.” Later, West had an emotional moment speaking about his family with Kim Kardashian and addressed his past comments on Planned Parenthood.
He broke down into tears revealing about his father’s desire to abort him, and his wife having their first child “even when I didn’t want to.”
“I almost killed my daughter. I love my daughter. … God wants us to create,” said West, who has several children with Kim Kardashian West.
“No more Plan B — Plan A,” he said, to the crowd response from the audience.
West quickly clarified that he thinks abortion should be legal, but that there should be more support for those who need it.
“The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range,” said West.
Last week, Kanye West paid the $35,000 registration fee to get on the ballot in Oklahoma. He will need several more states to reach the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency. Currently, only 306 electoral votes are up for grabs in states where the filing deadlines have yet to pass.
Kanye West says he will manage the White House based on the fictional country of Wakanda from Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ if he’s elected President of the United States
As we previously reported, the rapper claimed he plans on running for president in the upcoming 2020 election.
In an interview with Forbes, West says he wants to copy the organization featured in the science fiction Marvel movie.
Released in 2018, ‘Black Panther’ centered around the futuristic African country Wakanda.
West suggested he wanted to emulate the movie’s technological infrastructure as the country’s leader works with the nation’s top scientists.
“Let’s get back to Wakanda,” he continued. “like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine – like big pharma – we are going to work, innovate, together.”
“A lot of Africans do not like the movie [Black Panther] and representation of themselves in…Wakanda,” he said. “But I’m gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it’s the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House.
“That is a positive idea: you got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans—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.”
West also discussed contracting the Coronavirus COVID-19 and how he no longer supports Donald Trump.
In regards to why he no longer supported Trump, he said, “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.”
When asked why he considered supporting Donald Trump in the beginning he said it was “as a protest to the segregation of votes in the Black community. Also, other than the fact that I like Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby.”
That said, West appears to be upset by how Trump dealt with the Coronavirus pandemic. He added that “I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.” West went on to suggest he got the coronavirus in February, but is unsure of vaccines, calling them “the mark of the beast.”
“They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven,” he theorized, adding that this notion was “the saddest thing.”
West pushed back on the idea that his presidential campaign is a publicity stunt saying, “I give my album away for free.”
West said he’s running under the banner of the Birthday Party, “because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday” and his campaign slogan will be “YES!”. Kanye’s running mate will be an unknown preacher named Michelle Tidball and Kanye says he’s getting advice from Elon Musk.
“Like anything I’ve ever done in my life… I’m doing to win,” he said, according to Forbes. West said he doesn’t care if he takes away Black votes from Joe Biden and helps Trump, saying: “I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”
Kanye added, “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.”
When asked about his policies or plans as the President he explained, “I don’t know if I would use the word ‘policy’ for the way I would approach things. I don’t have a policy when I went to Nike and designed Yeezy and went to Louis and designed a Louis Vuitton at the same time.”
Kanye West officially announces 2020 run for President.
Kanye is running for President of the United States. Taking to Twitter, Kanye celebrated the holiday weekend by officially announcing his bid to become the 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! Finishing off his message with an American flag emoji and the hashtag #2020VISION.
The news went viral with Elon Musk endorsing Kanye’s run saying he has his “full support.” That said, there are many saying it is too late to get on the ballot as an independent candidate in many states, and this time, it is unclear if Kanye’s run for president is a publicity stunt or if he can even accomplish landing on the ballot.
In relevant news, Kanye West’s YEEZY Partnership with Gap stock caused a 42% jump. The American fashion company saw a stock jump as a direct result of Kanye’s YEEZY announcement.
News of “YEEZY GAP” caused a sudden stock price jump, which added more than $1 billion to Gap’s stock market valuation, lifting it to around $4.8 billion. That said, despite the deal with Kanye, Gap stock is still down more than 20%.
The 10-year partnership will see Kanye design a line of affordable clothing to be sold online and at physical locations. Gap is hoping Kanye will generate $1 billion in annual says over the course of five years. The fashion company also said the rapper will receive royalties and possible equity for the sales of YEEZY Gap.
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