Kanye West unveils 2020 plans – and drops support for Trump

Kanye West has unveiled further plans for his 2020 presidential election bid, and says he has “lost confidence” in Donald Trump.

In a wide-ranging interview with Forbes magazine, West explained the vision for his bid, despite never having voted before in his life.

While West is running under the banner of The Birthday Party – “because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday” – he is yet to formally announce any sort of campaign team or structure.

He said he is currently being advised by his wife, reality star and trainee lawyer Kim Kardashian-West, and businessman Elon Musk.

West said he came up with the idea to run for the presidency while in the shower.

“I write raps in the shower. It hit me to say, ‘you’re going to run for president’ and I started laughing hysterically.

“And I just laughed in the shower, I don’t know for how long, but that’s the moment it hit me.”

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019, in New York. - The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. The Gala's 2019 theme is Camp: Notes on Fashion" inspired by Susan Sontag's 1964 essay "Notes on Camp". (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:West said he was currently being advised by his wife, Kim Kardashian-West

The Grammy-winning rapper said he had to make a firm decision about running for the White House in the next month, otherwise he would miss the deadline to appear on the ballot in most states.

West has already failed to register as an independent candidate in several states according to the American politics website Ballotpedia, including New York, North Carolina and Texas.

Despite having previously been a vocal supporter of Mr Trump, the musician said he was unimpressed with how the president has handled the coronavirus crisis and the fallout from the killing of George Floyd.

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“It looks like one big mess to me,” he said, adding he would have run as a Republican if Mr Trump was not in office.

West was also not complimentary towards Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Mr Biden controversially said during an interview with popular US radio show The Breakfast Club that black people who couldn’t decide whether to vote for him or Mr Trump “ain’t black”. He later apologised.

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Image:Mr Biden apologised for saying ‘you ain’t black’ if you can’t decide whether to vote for him or Mr Trump

“To say that the black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy,” West said, adding he was okay with taking black voters away from the Democrats.

When asked for his policy ideas, West said he did not yet have a plan for taxation or foreign affairs.

Despite saying he was traditionally a Republican, he said he was against capital punishment as it goes against the ten commandments.

He also appeared to have a warmer approach to China than Mr Trump, distancing himself from the president’s comments during the COVID-19 crisis.

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“It’s not China’s fault that disease. It’s not the Chinese people’s fault. They’re God’s people also. I love China.”

But West said he was cautious about a vaccine for the coronavirus.

“That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us.”

He also pointed towards unsubstantiated claims that vaccines cause paralysis in children.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office of the White House on October 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Oliver Contreras - Pool/Getty Images)
Image:West has criticised the president’s handling of coronavirus and the killing of George Floyd

The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention say Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can sometimes cause paralysis, is rarely contracted after a vaccine, and most people recover.

West also said he was against abortion, and claimed Planned Parenthood clinics “have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.

“Trump and Biden, gracefully bow out. It’s God’s country, we are doing everything in service to God, nobody but God no more.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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