Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Kanye West is apparently running for president.
Despite the fact that he’s missed the cut off date to file paperwork in states including Texas and New York, which makes winning the electoral college virtually impossible, West announced on Twitter this week that he’s running as an independent.
Kicking off his campaign, he gave an interview to Forbes about what he’s planning to stand for in the upcoming election. Over the course of the interview, he touched on various topics in typical Kanye style.
Among the revelations were that he’s never voted in his life, that he had coronavirus in February and that he thinks Planned Parenthood was put in cities by “white supremacists” to do the “devil’s work”...
Another headline-grabbing moment in the interview came when West was asked about the possibility of him taking votes from Democratic candidate Joe Biden and therefore enabling another Trump victory.
West responded by suggesting that assuming black people are Democrats is racist.
I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.
This isn’t the first time that West has made strong comments on race issues. He infamously suggested that slavery was a choice and endorsed Black conservative Candace Owens’s “Blexit” campaign, which aims to encourage African-Americans to leave the Democratic party. He later disassociated himself from the campaign.
While it’s certainly true that Black people are not all Democrats, over 80 per cent of Black voters are estimated to have voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, so there is a clear split. Whether his run will change that remains to be seen.
If one thing's for sure, this isn't the last time Kanye West will ruffle some feathers with his political comments.