Kanye West, who recently announced he’s running for president this year, spoke with Forbes on a wide range of topics regarding his plan, which is described in the piece as “four rambling hours of interviews.”
He says he’s not running as a Democrat or a Republican, but under the “Birthday Party” banner (“because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday”). He’s been receiving “guidance” from Elon Musk (“I proposed to him to be the head of our space program”), as well as advice from his wife, Kim Kardashian. And evidently he’s already chosen his vice-presidential candidate: Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming. “I would run as a Republican if Trump wasn’t there,” he said. “I will run as an independent if Trump is there.”
Kanye has still not filed anything to officially declare his candidacy outside of his recent tweet and this interview. “I’m speaking with experts, I’m going to speak with Jared Kushner, the White House, with [Joe] Biden.”
The topic of police brutality was also brought up, with Kanye discussing the George Floyd case and in particular Alexander Kueng, one of the four former cops involved who was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. “One of my to-do lists is to end police brutality. The police are people too. To end laws that don’t make sense,” Kanye said. “Like, in the George Floyd case, there was a Black guy that went to jail and it was his first day on the force.
Kanye added he’s not running for president as a publicity stunt for his upcoming album, God’s Country. “I give my album away for free.”
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