Controversial, provocative and hairless on the tongue. At the same time, a millionaire, a celebrity and a very successful artist. This is Kanye West, the rapper who has shaken American politics this weekend by announcing that he will run as a candidate for the presidential elections on November 3.
Although the deadline to stand as an independent candidate in many states has not yet passed, some media outlets question whether the rapper’s ad is real or more of a performance, a trolley, so typical of him. And it is that the statement with which he announces his candidacy is a brief tweet and has not yet spoken on the subject on any social network.
Also, the address provided is the “Gold Digger Avenue, Suite Yeezus”, something like “avenue of the fortune hunter, Yeezus room”, Yeezus is also the name of his sixth album published in 2013. That same name appears inscribed for both the elections 2016 as well as 2020, in the first case as an independent and now as part of the Green Party.
In case he stands for the presidency of the United States, the music star will have to face Donald Trump in the electoral race, which is a setback for the current president, who until recently had West as important support.
This new coup comes in the middle of the pre-campaign and at a time when Trump’s popularity is declining due to his management of the coronavirus crisis and protests by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Aspirations for the presidency
Kanye West, 43, married to celebrity and businesswoman Kim Kardashian, first spoke of his presidential aspirations in 2015 during the MTV Video Music Awards gala when he accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
As if it were a spontaneous epiphany, the musician declared, in a 12-minute speech: “I don’t know if I’m in a position to lose after this. However, it doesn’t matter, because it’s not about me.
In the following years, he continued commenting on his idea of running for elections, but the decision seemed to have been postponed to those of 2024. “If I decide to do it, it will be done, I will not try,” said the rapper in a radio interview in 2018, where he added: “Yes, 100 percent that could happen … 2024.”
Kanye West’s ideology
However, less than four months before the elections, he has surprised the entire world with his candidacy. But what is the ideology of Kanye West? The also clothing producer and designer is a complex person who always makes headlines due to the extensive speeches he constantly makes without any filter.
Although he would present himself as an independent, he seems to be closer to the Republican positions. What’s more, when he said he would appear in 2015, many took it for granted that he would do so hand in hand with the Democratic Party, something he has rebelled against, considering it a racial stereotype. “This is your place, Ye , you are black, so you are a Democrat,” he criticized in an interview with the Wall Street Journal this year, where he underlined his support for Donald Trump.
He is a Christian, and around religion, he turned his latest album called Jesus is king. Both in his music and on social networks, he constantly talks about God. He also referred to it in the announcement of his candidacy.
About religion has also caused controversy since in 2013 he published a song titled I am a god (I am a god). In it, he repeatedly repeats the phrase “I am a god”, but he also says: Although I am a man of God / All my life in the hands of God / So better stop playing with God. For a long time, he has attended many religious services and claims to be “in complete service to God.”
Defender of anti-racism
One of the positions that he has defended the most over the years is the defence of the black population of the United States. In 2005, he was widely criticized by some sectors of the country’s politics, affirming life and on national television that “George Bush does not care about blacks . “
These statements came after Hurricane Katrina that devastated cities in South Florida and New Orleans, among others. West criticized the fact that an image of a young black man appeared in various media accompanied by the caption: “A young man walks through the water after having ransacked a store in New Orleans.”
His disapproval was due to the prejudice that said caption generated since, in other images in which white people appeared, the text changed and said: “Two residents walk through the water after having found food and water.”
He has also been seen participating in different Black Lives Matter protests and has donated two million dollars to different organizations that fight against racism and will help the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor (victims of racist murders), as well as companies black property.
He has also created a college fund for Gianna, the six-year-old daughter of George Floyd, the African American killed by police in Minneapolis and whose death sparked massive protests both in the United States and in other parts of the world.
I support Trump
Even though Kanye West did not vote in the 2016 elections, he was favourable to Donald Trump. This has been stated by meeting with him in the White House and wearing on countless occasions the cap with the president’s slogan: “Make America Great Again”. Likewise, he assured that this year he would go to vote and that “we know what he would vote for.”
So it is even more astonishing that he intends to compete with the current president in the electoral race. One of the reasons that could be behind it is precisely Trump’s response to the protests against racism that have inundated the country, and he even said that they were organized by anti-fascist groups that he was going to declare as terrorists.
It could also be due to its management of the coronavirus. The United States continues to be the country with the most cases of Covid-19 in the world, and already in 2018, West showed its interest in the country’s medical industry. “One of the main things that I will do as president will be to ensure that the medical industry thrives,” he said then, but without fully explaining his plans.
What is certain is that more and more experts point to the possibility that Donald Trump will lose the November elections and if Kanye West becomes his rival, this risk could increase.
After all, it would not be the first time that an artist has won the presidency of the United States and the rapper has a great influence and a lot of money to spend on the campaign. It has even already received public support from businessman Elon Musk . Neither Donald Trump nor Democratic candidate Joe Biden have spoken on the matter at the moment.