Kanye West talks Trump, presidential bid, having covid-19 in Forbes interview

Brenda Watkins
July 9, 2020

"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 starts rambling. He praised Donald Trump as "the closest president we've had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation".

The declaration by West, a one-time Trump supporter, that he was gunning for the highest office in the land was retweeted half a million times and "liked" a million. Asked about taxation, West said: "I haven't done enough research on that yet". We act like didn't hear that man say that?

Sharon Osbourne has criticised Kanye West for receiving a loan from the U.S. government to avoid laying off employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

He has not provided any details about his alleged campaign.

West, 43, whose original plan was to run in 2024, will seek the presidency under the banner of the Birthday Party "because when we win, it's everybody's birthday".

West told Forbes he donned the MAGA hat to protest segregation of votes, and also because he likes "Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby". "Like anything I've ever done in my life", he said. He said he'd run not as a Democrat or Republican, but under the "Birthday Party", with the guidance of his pal Elon Musk, and that he'd run the White House like Wakanda from Black Panther.

Yet there is widespread scepticism about whether West really intends to launch a full political campaign, with events and adverts, or is simply seeking publicity. A preacher from Wyoming, where Kanye's family has a ranch, named Michelle Tidball, has been announced as the Grammy winner's running mate.

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"I'm not denying it, I just told you", West said. If I win in 2020 then it was God's appointment.

Speaking to Forbes, West made clear that he's not a fan of the former vice president, comparing him unfavorably to past Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Kanye also revealed he's never voted before, but has registered as of Monday.

He said other things, like that white supremacists put Planned Parenthoods inside cities "to do the devil's work" (he's anti-choice), and called Black History Month "torture porn".

West went on to outline his beliefs on everything from abortion to police brutality, and while he mostly stuck to politics, he also opened up about contracting coronavirus.

The rapper also said he had been ill in February with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and would be suspicious of any vaccines developed to prevent the infection.

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