Kanye West Dishes on Presidential Bid and Says He Had Coronavirus

Mahlik Campbell

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Kanye West is serious about making a run for the White House. 👀

Social media was taken for a spin recently when Kanye announced that he would be running for president with the support of Elon Musk. Though he hasn't filed any of the necessary paperwork yet, Ye detailed his presidential ambitions as the first member of the "Birthday Party" – "when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday" – in a new interview with Forbes.

If Trump wasn't in office, he claims he'd register with the Republican party. But for now, he's technically independent and is receiving guidance from Musk, who would be "the head of our space program." Apparently, he's also chosen a vice president: Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming.

Speaking of Trump, Ye is renouncing his support of him, saying, “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview." He didn't offer much reason as to why, only suggesting, "It looks like one big mess to me,” and pointing to the controversy surrounding Trump's decision to hide in the White House bunker during protests. “I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker," Ye said.

However, he still praises Trump as being "the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation.”

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God was a running theme of the conversation, and he believes this higher power "appoints the president," so he could win in either 2020 or 2024. Yeezy first came to the realization that he should run for president when he was taking a shower – "I write raps in the shower" – ahead of his acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV VMAs.

Elsewhere, Kanye revealed that he battled the coronavirus in February and described the experience of having “chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I'm supposed to do to get over it."

He added with a laugh, "I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can’t be sicker than me!"

But he's counting on God, not a vaccine, to bring an end to the virus. That's because vaccines are "the mark of the beast," according to him. "They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven," he claimed.

He also expressed his belief that “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”

You can check out his thoughts on other topics, including police brutality, Black History Month and the Wakanda – yes, like Black Panther – management model, by reading the full piece.