11 July 2020

Forbes: “Kanye West says He’s Done with Trump”

If it all sounds like a parody, or a particularly surreal episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, West doesn’t seem to be in on it. Calling from his ranch near Cody, Wyoming, where he says that he registered to vote for the first time on Monday, West denies it is a publicity stunt for his upcoming album. (I give my album away for free.) A few weeks after he ended two separate text chains with me with the message “Trump 2020” and a fist raised high, he insists he’s lost confidence in the president. It looks like one big mess to me, he says. I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker. West also says that he contracted the coronavirus in late February, though he maintains that had nothing to do with his thoughts on running this year.

That said, he won’t say much more against Trump. He’s much less shy about criticizing Biden, which certainly won’t tamp down the idea that the Birthday Party is a ruse to help reelect Trump. 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.

Randall Lane

It’s hard to imagine a worse Presidential candidate than Donald Trump – but somehow America managed to find one! Another celebrity with no political experience (the most damning thing about Kanye West on this aspect is that he admits he never voted before – why would you entrust the highest public office to a person who refused to participate in the democratic process?!), with no clue about his future foreign policy, an antivaxxer and believer in ridiculous conspiracy theories, an opposer of the separation of Church and State. And… he is supported by Elon Musk – which tells me more about Musk than any of his other statements and achievements.

I’m genuinely surprised he didn’t choose “USA Forever” as his campaign slogan, such a missed opportunity!

On Vaccines

It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed… So when they say the way we’re going to fix Covid is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven. I’m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them. And the sad thing is that, the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it. Next question.

On the Wakanda Management Model

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.

Trump defeats Kanye 2015 New Yorker Cover Story
Kanye West’s announcement of his intention to seek the Presidency reminds us that it’s not too early to start thinking about the 2020 campaign. (2016’s already old hat by now, anyway), Barry Blitt says about “2020 Vision”, his cover for next week’s issue. Illustration by Barry Blitt

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