As if 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, Kanye West announced last week that he is running for US President this year. Seriously, who else can save a nation with over 3 million coronavirus cases?
Elon Musk was quick to voice his endorsement of Kanye’s presidential candidacy on Twitter. However, the Space X founder has already begun to backtrack on his support for West, after the political candidate/rapper expressed some of his radical views.
“You have my full support!” Elon Musk tweeted in response to Kanye West’s announcement that he is running for US President in 2020.
Although formal paperwork is yet to be filed, Kanye swears that he truly is running for president and that the statement isn’t just a publicity stunt.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
West plans to run as a third-party candidate under a banner that reads “The Birthday Party,” because “when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday”. We think Kanye’s probably just a fan of Nick Cave’s seminal band of the same name.
Elon Musk was quick to throw his support behind Kanye after the rapper announced that Musk will become head of NASA if he gets elected. Along with Kim Kardashian, Elon Musk has become one of the key backers and advisors behind Kanye’s 2020 candidacy. However, it looks like Musk is biting his tongue a little after West revealed several of his views and policies.
Kanye stated in a Forbes interview that he is an anti-vaxxer: “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.”
West voiced that he is anti-abortion, becoming another controversial stance behind his US Presidential bid. He also has no foreign policy agenda, as of yet, instead taking the approach of focussing on “ourselves” (US citizens) first. Meanwhile, the expansion of the NBA onto the global spectrum appears to be the driving force behind much of his political agenda.
Kanye also intends to put an end to police brutality and return “the fear and love of God” into American schools. He claims that if he wins the election, it will be because God appointed him. I guess you could say that it could only be a true miracle from God if Kanye became US President, but honestly, anything goes in 2020.
With this unorthodoxy in mind, it seems Kanye’s mental state is rubbing off on his political policies. In response to a recent interview between Kanye West and Forbes, close family and friends of the US rapper voiced to TMZ that he is in the “throes of a serious bipolar episode”.
Elon Musk was also questioned about his endorsement of Kanye, post-release of the Forbes interview. “We may have more differences of opinion than I anticipated,” Musk replied in a Tweet.
Looks like Kanye may be very close to losing half his backing for the 2020 US Presidential election (the other advisor alongside Musk is West’s wife, Kim Kardashian). With the election now just four months away and many state ballot deadlines already closed, it seems Kanye West has a long way to go before he cops a seat in the White House.