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Kanye West Admits His Presidential Campaign is Just to Hurt Joe Biden’s Chances
Well, we have our answer.
After weeks of speculation, Kanye West finally admitted that throwing his name into the presidential campaign was an attempt to hurt presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s chances at winning.
“I’m not denying it; I just told you,” West said in an interview (via text) with Forbes, which recently spoke with West about a wide range of issues — including his life as an anti-vaxxer and experience with COVID-19.
Apparently, he is now. In a tweet later on Thursday evening, West contradicted his own statement, though it is vague enough to make one wonder what he’s referring to.
THE GOAL IS TO WIN
— ye (@kanyewest) August 7, 2020
Asked by Forbes whether he knew that it wasn’t possible that he’d be able to take home the 270 electoral votes necessary to capture the White House, West replied “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.”
West admitted that he’s still chummy with the Trump White House — telling Forbes that he’s “designing a school within the next month,” and “I’m meeting with Betsy DeVos about the post-Covid curriculum.”
West also said that instead of running for president, he was “walking . . . to win.”
It’s been a tumultuous past few weeks for the rapper/mogul/presidential nominee. After making his 4th of July declaration, West was somehow polling at 2%. He had a rambling campaign “rally” in South Carolina and managed to drop songs somehow in between all of this. Even his pal Elon Musk told him that this wasn’t a good idea, and the insane Tesla boss is right.
Despite all of this, somehow West landed on the ballot in Oklahoma, though he failed in New Jersey apparently due to some nefarious issues.
People on Twitter were disgusted, and also pointed out that West is clearly very ill. But, sick or not, what he is doing is inexcusable:
We must also mention he’s battling severe bipolar disorder, is off his meds & is in a manic state according to his wife @KimKardashian.
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) August 7, 2020
If I’ve said this once I’ve said it a hundred times. Kanye can go fuck himself. https://t.co/caPszpJ7Mt
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) August 7, 2020
Kanye West was reluctant to attack Trump (who won't attack him), eager to criticize Biden, and all but confirmed his run is designed to harm Biden. So rarely does the quiet part get said out loud as it does in 2020. https://t.co/hHt9YXt2c9
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 6, 2020
It's one thing that Kanye's a Trump supporter. Fine. Whatever.
But trying to throw the election to Trump by hoping that his name on the ballot and name recognition siphons votes away from Biden is just really gross. https://t.co/oJVvivLy9F
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) August 6, 2020