Can Kanye West Even Run for President?

Published on July 8, 2020

On July 4th, Kanye West once again declared on Twitter he’s running for President this year. For years, the artist has been hyping a presidential run, not at all conveniently timed to the release of his upcoming album, says Mr. West. After the artist’s hilarious or potentially dangerous tweet announcing his plans to run for office, now the question is, can he actually do it? 

No Paperwork Filed

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future!” West tweeted, potentially gaining some favor in Catholic voters in the United States. Here’s the thing, though: Kanye West hasn’t filed the necessary paperwork to run with the Federal Election Commission (via BBC News).

The Next Step

Now, there’s still time for West to get in the race. He couldn’t contest either nominees, of course, but he could still run as an independent candidate. All he’d have to do is gain a hefty amount of signatures, which wouldn’t be a problem for him, and register in states before their deadline. West already missed deadlines in some states, but he still has time in other key states. 

The Forbes Interview

During West’s Forbes interviews, the artist said he plans to run under the “Birthday Party,” because “when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.” In the rest of the interview, Kanye was being Kanye: 

“When I’m president, let’s also have some fun. Let’s get past all the racism conversation, let’s empower people with 40 acres and a mule, let’s give some land, that’s the plan.”

“In the movie [Black Panther] in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine — like big pharma — we are going to work, innovate, together.”

“This is not going to be some Nipsey Hussle being murdered, they’re doing a documentary, we have so many soldiers that die for our freedom, our freedom of information, that there is a cure for AIDS out there, there is going to be a mix of big pharma and holistic.”

West, who’s pro-life, also said:

“Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”

West’s Past Ideas 

In the last election, Kanye West fully and proudly supported Donald Trump. “I love this guy,” West said, despite talking trash about him in the past in one of his songs. In addition to West’s support of Trump, he once called slavery “a choice.” West… doesn’t have the best ideas. Creatively, he’s an excellent idea man, but politically and globally, not so much. He confirmed he has no foreign policy. 

While West doesn’t associate with either the Democratic or Republican parties, he does appear to have more right leanings. He is a part of the 1%, so that’s not surprising. West, a man who’s lived in Kanye West land for a long, long time now, could be a real threat in the election later this year. He’s not the regular ‘ol third party candidate people don’t know or really care about; he’s Kanye West. The artist knows he could take votes from Joe Biden and help Donald Trump win his second term, but he doesn’t care. 

We’ll see how real West is about his plans to run for office later this year, but in the meantime, he’s swearing it’s not at all a publicity stunt for his next album… after his last two albums disappointed and failed to become a major part of pop culture.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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