When we thought 2020 could not get any more bizarre, in July Kanye West announced he would be running for president – this same year. While his plans for political power were always on the cards – he first announced the idea in 2018 – no one could have predicted the storm of controversy that would ensue. After a manic mental health episode last month, West is being accused of causing deliberate distraction that would cause Donald Trump to get re-elected.
Jamie Foxx has been vocal on West’s move calling it “bullsh*t” while 50 Cent believed it was an attempt to tamper with the election in November. Steven Stoute also shared his views on the matter saying it could cause Black people who had planned to vote for Biden, voting for West which would ultimately be a wasted opportunity.
“I don’t want anybody Black running around voting for Kanye West,” Stoute said last week on a recent episode of the Boardroom: Out of Office podcast. “If you’re gonna vote for Donald Trump and you choose Kanye West instead of Donald Trump, great. That will help the Biden campaign. But I don’t want Black people who were thinking about voting for Biden, voting for Kanye West, in the markets, in the areas that he’s registered as a candidate.”
West has now responded to these allegations, teased in an upcoming interview with Nick Cannon. “People keep on saying I think that y’all, you and Republicans, are in cahoots,” West says before Cannon notes that people believe he is being paid by Trump. “Bro, can’t nobody pay me. I got more money than Trump.”
Kanye West is also under scrutiny after including fraudulent signatures in a number of states to get his name on the ballot.
Stay tuned for further developments – because there definitely will be many.