Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West might have just had the shortest-lived run for United States president – ever. The rap heavyweight has reportedly bowed out of running for the head of state in 2020.
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According to Tuesday night reports, Mr. West isn’t looking to run the world anymore. The hip-hop star pulled out of the chance to take on current Republican president Donald Trump.
Kanye West has reportedly withdrawn from the US presidential race, less than two weeks after announcing that he would run. A member of West’s campaign team, Steve Kramer, has reportedly told New York Magazine’s Intelligencer off-shot that the rapper will no longer contest the election. “He’s out,” Kramer told Intelligencer. (NME)
The reports come just a day after Kanye’s polling numbers went public. Yeezy received just two percent of the vote in a national presidential poll put together by Redfield & Wilton Strategies.
Respondents of the poll were first asked who they would vote for in November, without mentioning West’s name. In that iteration of the survey, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden led President Trump 48 percent to 40 percent, while third-party candidates Jo Jorgensen, a Libertarian, and Howie Hawkins, a member of the Green Party, each earned 1 percent support. Voters were then prompted again, the pollster told The Hill. This time, Redfield & Wilton mentioned West, asking, “If Kanye West is on the ballot in your state in the Presidential Election on 3 November 2020, for whom will you vote?” In that iteration, Biden led trump 48 percent to 39 percent, while West and Jorgensen each garnered 2 percent support. (The Hill)
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The Grammy-winning rapper recently came forward to double down on his plans to run for the presidency and explain why he doesn’t take Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as a serious contender for the head of state in 2020. In a new interview, Kanye spoke on distancing himself from supporting current president Donald Trump. West said he viewed DT as special and refused to put any respect on Joe Biden’s name.
“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.” (Forbes)
Before You Go
West also spoke on how he views the White House. In an ideal world, Ye will turn the president’s home into a place inspired by fictional Black Panther utopia Wakanda.
“A lot of Africans do not like the movie [Black Panther] and representation of themselves in…Wakanda. 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. Let’s get back to Wakanda… 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. This is not going to be some Nipsey Hussle being murdered, they’re doing a documentary, we have so many soldiers that die for our freedom, our freedom of information, that there is a cure for AIDS out there, there is going to be a mix of big pharma and holistic.” (Forbes)