Kanye for President 2020? It was a yes, but then it was a no. Now, it is a…maybe?
After his July 4th announcement that he would be running for president in 2020 (followed by a show of support from Elon Musk), Kanye West garnered much attention from the media surrounding his presumed campaign. In an interview with Forbes, West said that he was serious about running for president, and that he had been planning on running for president for awhile now. He said that he would have been running as a Republican had it not been for Donald Trump, and that he would run as an Independent as long as Trump was still running for reelection under the guise of the “Birthday Party” because “when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.”
Kanye also announced that his running mate would be a preacher from Wyoming, along with his administration following the management style of the fictional African country called Wakanda from the Marvel superhero Black Panther. He also came out in opposition to abortion because he is “following the words of the Bible.” He also claimed that saying that black people are not black if they do not vote for Democrats was “a form of racism and white supremacy and white control.”
But, only after ten days of excitement, Kanye abruptly dropped out of the race. “He’s out,” was the response of Steve Kramer, a member of Kanye’s small campaign team who had been working on getting West on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina. So, that was the end of the “Ye for President” movement. An exciting ten days.
Or, maybe not.
Apparently, Kanye West is still running for president this year. It was reported earlier today that Kanye had officially gotten on the ballot in Oklahoma after filing his “Statement of Candidacy” form with the Federal Election Commission and his check of $35,000 to file with the Oklahoma Board of Elections. This means that if Kanye wins the state of Oklahoma in November, he will be guaranteed the Sooner state’s seven Electoral College votes. West has close ties with the state, as his mother was born and raised in the state and his grandfather was a civil-rights activist throughout his career. Despite this, it is unlikely that West will gain much support in a state that gave Donald Trump a plurality of support in 2016.
It is highly improbable that Kanye will attract as much attention and support that Joe Biden or Donald Trump will. However, a Kanye West campaign provides an entertaining distraction from the daily news of COVID-19, a bad economy, and protests across the country. Luckily for the state of Oklahoma, they will definitely have that entertainment.