Kanye West has had a long and complicated relationship with US politicians, especially current president Donald Trump. West’s first time creating shockwaves in the political world was when he made headlines by accusing then-President George W Bush of “not caring about Black people.” Kanye had a strange relationship with Obama, and despite the two being friends at first, they seemed to have had a falling out somewhere along the way. Kanye’s relationship with Donald Trump has certainly been the most controversial of his political alliances. Now, after many years of support, Kanye recently told Forbes that he is done with Donald Trump, and will be running against him in the upcoming election.
On July 4, Kanye announced that he would be running for president, and also announced that his running mate will be a Wyoming preacher named Michelle Tidball. He has also said that he would run as an independent under the “Birthday Party”, “because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday”.
This was not the first time he announced his intentions to run for president. In September 2015, Kanye announced that he intended to run for President of the United States in 2020. This was the first time he made public mention of his desire for the presidency He later said that he intended to run for President in 2024 due to Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 elections.
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
In February 2017, Kanye deleted all of his tweets about Trump in protest of the new president’s policies, particularly the travel ban. However, not long after that, he sparked controversy by posting a picture of himself wearing a Make America Great Again hat along with a series of tweets defending President Trump.
On October 11, 2018, West visited the Oval Office for a meeting with President Trump to discuss a variety of different issues. He and several other musicians watched Trump sign the Music Modernization Act.
In an interview with Forbes this week, Kanye shared his thoughts on politics and was asked about the policies he would put into place if he became president. With the small exception of his views on ending police brutality, Kanye’s politics were overwhelmingly Christian conservative. Kanye says that he wants to put prayer back in schools and ban abortions. He also said that he supports a strong military.
One of the most interesting things about Kanye’s Forbes interview is his insistence that he has lost confidence in Donald Trump.
“It looks like one big mess to me. I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker,” Kanye said.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have used their influence with Trump to have multiple nonviolent offenders released from prison.
In many interviews given after his apparent mental breakdown a few years ago, West said that he disagreed with many of Trump’s policies, but had admiration for him because of the fact that he opened the door for other celebrities to become presidents.
He stated on numerous occasions that he intends to follow Trump’s lead in using his celebrity status to secure political power.
During a 2018 interview with Power 92.3’s DJ Pharris Kanye promised that the music industry would be strong under his reign as president.
“One of my main things [I’ll address] once I’m president is the medical industry. I’m going to make sure that the medical industry flourishes. There’s one thing I learned by hanging around with Jay-Z, and being married to my wife, is you can’t **** up the paper.. That’s the problem with a lot of the radical leaders in the past,” he said.
In an interview in 2018, Kanye admitted that he became addicted to opioids when they were prescribed to him after he got liposuction. The addiction may have contributed to his nervous breakdown in 2016. He has also said that he has been suicidal at times. In a 2019 interview with David Letterman, he said that he has bipolar disorder.
West is one of the best-selling digital artists of all-time. He’s the 7th highest certified artist in the US by digital singles (69 million). He had the most RIAA digital song certifications by a male artist in the 2000s and was the fourth best-selling digital songs artist of the 2000s in the US. In Spotify’s first ten years from 2008 – 2018, West was the sixth most streamed artist, and the fourth-fastest artist to reach one billion streams.