In a new interview with Forbes — his first interview since July 4 when he announced that he’s running for President — Kanye West said that he’s no longer a supporter of Donald Trump. “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,” he said. But he wasn’t overly critical of the President, saying, “Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation.” Also: “I like Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby.” There were many other revelations in the interview.
He said, “I would run as a Republican if Trump wasn’t there. I will run as an independent if Trump is there.” Given that Trump is surely running, West said he’s starting a new political party — the Birthday Party — for his own campaign. And even though West has yet to file any paperwork that would actually place him on ballots in November — and he’s already missed deadlines for several states, he still feels good about his chances to win the White House. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life, I’m doing to win.” He also notes that he’s never voted in his life.
Another revelation: he says that he was sick with COVID-19 in February, yet he’s suspicious of a coronavirus vaccine, saying that vaccines are “the mark of the beast.” He also doubles down on his anti-abortion stance, saying “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”
Many on social media feel that West is working with Trump, trying to take Black votes from presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden (West says in the interview, “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”).