Kanye West: I’m Here to Hurt Joe Biden
In a new exclusive interview with Forbes, Kanye West reveals what Twitter has been suspecting ever since he announced he was running for President: He’s doing it to deliberately take votes away from Joe Biden. West filed late Wednesday in Ohio, setting off immediate cries of election fraud as he missed a filing deadline, and six of his nominators were revealed to share the same address.
But none of this is deterring West, who has been in the headlines recently for his mental health issues amid pleas for “understanding and compassion” from his wife, Kim Kardashian-West. Kanye famously declared his support for Donald Trump in 2016, setting off a storm of controversy. While some speculated it was a publicity stunt for his new album at the time, West became increasingly erratic as he continued to wear his red hat everywhere he went. More recently, West’s behavioral issues have become a concern to his fans and family, especially after he released and deleted a series of tweets about his marriage and famous in-laws. Kardashian-West addressed his ongoing problems in a statement that leaned on his bipolar disorder and his despondency over the death of his mother, Donda, who passed away in 2006 after a botched medical procedure.
While it was reported last month that Kanye was dropping out of the race amid the realization he had already missed several important election deadlines, it appears he’s had some extra help from Republicans getting back into the race specifically to spoil potential votes for Joe Biden, inviting comparisons to Jill Stein’s run in 2016 (#KanyeStein had begun to trend on Twitter late Thursday afternoon as a result). It’s a desperate move late in the game; with Republicans being forced to admit Trump can’t win legitimately, they may look to the addition of West as a way to at least make his loss look less overwhelming.
When confronted with the fact that he just can’t win (he won’t be on enough ballots to yield 270 electoral votes, and a write-in campaign isn’t feasible) and thus was serving as a spoiler, West replied: “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.”
Writer Randall Lane continues: ”West did not respond when asked whether he feels he’s being used. When I pointed out to West that the slapdash operation to get him on the ballot, which includes one operative previously arrested for voter fraud and multiple West “electors” from the same address, didn’t feel like a Kanye West production, West replied that it was a “God production.””
When asked how he felt about West’s participation in the 2020 election, Trump replied, “I like him. I like his wife.”