Kanye West Launches “Yet Another” Unconventional Bid For Presidency
Kanye West officially registered to appear on the ballot as a presidential candidate in the state of Oklahoma on Wednesday, July 15th. A representative for West showed up at the Oklahoma Board of Elections with a properly executed statement of candidacy and the $35,000 filing fee.
As the rapper and fashion mogul presses ahead with his Presidential bid following a tearful rally, his positions have raised eyebrows with some and been lauded by others
West appeared with "2020" shaved into the back of his head and wearing a protective security vest, and addressed the gathered crowd in South Carolina, without a microphone.
Following a heated and emotional campaign launch, some voters are still left wondering what Kanye would do with the USA in his hands.
At the event, the rapper seemed to make policy decisions off-the-cuff and made several rants, including on abortion and on abolitionist Harriet Tubman. He stirred fresh controversy when he insisted that slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman, one of America's most revered historical figures, "never actually freed the slaves, she just had slaves go work for other white people."
Some of his proposed topics have provoked applause and concern.
"We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future," he tweeted. "I am running for president of the United States!"
Both his wife Kim Kardashian West and entrepreneur Elon Musk have endorsed him.
Fans are still questioning whether his last-minute bid for the White House is actually a promotional stunt.
From my recent article on this topic, I mentioned it was not the first time West has claimed that he is running for the White House.
- At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, he said he had decided to run for president in 2020.
- But last November he pushed the date back, saying he would actually run in the 2024 contest.
Fitting the basic criteria is one thing, actually getting elected is a bit more complicated. Kanye would have to get his name on all 50 states' ballot papers - no easy task!
"Each state has its own rules to get on the ballot paper," so Kanye needs to take advice on each state's sometimes ridiculously complex, rules - some require getting so many signatures." Kanye would need about 700,000 signatures just in California alone.
Alternatively, he could try and win the nomination of the Democrats or the Republicans. The Democrats have already welcomed Kanye.
The Rapper pushed back on the idea that African-Americans are overwhelmingly Democratic Party voters, saying: "People expect that if you're black, you have to be Democrat."
Kanye shares four children with wife Kim and one of the topics he wants to address on his campaign launch was in regards to Abortion. He confirmed that his stance was not to make abortion illegal, it should always be legal but support those pregnant women financially to have their child if that was their choice.
In regards to vaccination for COVID-19, he stopped short of an outright, hard condemnation of a vaccination, it seemed his position was one of opposition.
"So many of our children that are being vaccinated end up paralysed..." he said, "so when they say the way we're going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I'm extremely cautious.
This statement raises a number of concerns in itself for future viruses and vaccines, where is the proof that all vaccinations cause paralysis?
He added that the pandemic, which has taken 143,000 American lives, is "all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad."
Kanye's has also stated that he is in opposition to the death penalty, justifying it in strictly Christian terms. "Thou shalt not kill," he quoted the Bible.
Space travel is another topic that Kanye wants to investigate further, he has already built up a friendship with billionaire Elon Musk over the years and proposed he head up Presidents West Space Programme.
Kanye made waves after previously referring to Black History Month as "torture porn" and suggesting that the enslavement of African Americans had been "a choice."
There's no doubt that Kanye and Kim have the star power that US elections are famous for. Both were named by Time magazine in their 100 most influential people this year.
I am sure we will hear much more on the subject of Kanye's run for Presidency as the campaign moves forward!