- Kanye West announced July 4 he intended to run for president, and confusion has since followed whether he actually intends to run or not.
- This week, West’s campaign team filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and qualified to appear on the November presidential ballot in one state thus far: Oklahoma.
- West shared a doctored image on Twitter early Friday morning that showed his face on Mount Rushmore alongside the four former presidents carved into the monument.
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Although voters may still be struggling with the legitimacy of Kanye West’s presidential bid, the rapper already sees his place in political history set in literal stone.
West tweeted out an image around 3:30 a.m. on Friday appearing to show Mount Rushmore, the monument in South Dakota engraved with four former US presidents. If you look a bit closer, you’ll see a fifth face on the cliff: Kanye West.
—ye (@kanyewest) July 17, 2020
West’s presidential bid has been a source of speculation and scores of news headlines since the rapper announced in a July 4 tweet he was running for president in 2020. West immediately garnered the support of the eccentric Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and told Forbes in an interview he’s “doing [the candidacy] to win.”
A story from New York Magazine this week seemed to indicate West wouldn’t actually go through with his presidential bid. However, West’s campaign has since filed its initial forms with the Federal Election Commission that show he has a campaign committee and met the qualifications to declare his candidacy.
Even though he missed deadlines in several states to qualify to appear on voters’ presidential ballots in November, West recently filed the necessary paperwork to appear on at least one state’s ballot: Oklahoma.
West’s friendship with President Donald Trump, and his visits to the Trump White House, have been widely documented. West said in April he was likely to vote for Trump in 2020. However, West used his Forbes Q&A to distance himself from Trump, saying he was “taking the red hat off.”
When asked about West’s candidacy, Trump said in an interview with RealClearPolitics he thought West should use 2020 as “a trial run” for 2024.
Although West’s platform isn’t entirely clear, the rapper told Forbes he’s running under the banner of the Birthday Party. He also said he’s pro-life and thinks Planned Parenthood does “the Devil’s work,” and that he wants to model the White House after Wakanda, from Marvel’s hit movie “Black Panther.”
In a national presidential poll dated July 9 conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, West polled at 2%.