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Rapper Kanye West smiles as he talks with President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Now that former Trump supporter Kanye West is “officially” a candidate for president of the United States, it comes as no surprise that he’s “taking the red hat off,” as he said in a recent interview.

Kanye, who announced his candidacy on Saturday, told Forbes in an interview published Wednesday he was “taking the red hat off with this interview,” and starting his own party for 2020:

“The Birthday Party.”

Why Birthday Party? “Because,” said Kanye, “if we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.” Kanye being Kanye. It’s a thing.

“Ye” — as the billionaire magnate currently refers to himself on Twitter and elsewhere— said he would run as a Republican if Trump were not already the GOP candidate; so he will instead run as an independent.

Speaking of Kanye being a billionaire — which he proudly announced after it became official — he took a minute out of his busy schedule last week to congratulate his “beautiful wife Kim Kardashian West” for also becoming a billionaire. How sweet is that? 

Sorry — I couldn’t pass that up.

Anyway, Kanye said he decided to enter the race because he has lost confidence in Trump, referencing various media attacks against Trump as riots continued around the White House: “It looks like one big mess to me. I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.”

Before launching into a diatribe against the Democrats, Kanye first praised Trump, saying: “Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation.”

West has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans alike for entering the race, with some accusing him of trying to split the vote, while others have chalked it up as just one more stunt from Yeezy.

Needless to say, the attacks have ruffled Kanye’s weathers, leading him to blister Joe Biden and the Democrat Party.

That is a form of racism and white supremacy and white control to say that all Black people need to be Democrat and to assume that me running is me splitting the vote.

All of that information is being charged up on social media platforms by Democrats,” West continued. “And Democrats used to tell me, the same Democrats have threatened me. […] The reason why this is the first day I registered to vote is because I was scared. I was told that if I voted on Trump my music career would be over.

I was threatened into being in one party I was threatened as a celebrity into being in one party. I was threatened as a Black man into the Democratic Party. And that’s what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people. Threatening them to the point where this white man can tell a black man if you don’t vote for me, you’re not black.

Speaking specifically about Biden, he said:

A lot of times, just like political parties, they (white men) feel all Blacks have to be Democrat. This man, Joe Biden, said if you don’t vote for me, then you are not black. Well, act like we didn’t hear that? We act like we didn’t hear that man say that? That man said that. It’s a rap. We gonna walk, all the people.

Like Kanye, or not — there are millions of people on both sides of the “Ye” fence — he’s right.

While it’s going to be awesome watching Ye tee off Joe Biden and the Democrats on a regular basis — particularly because it drives CNN and MSNBC crazy — I can’t help but feel a bit wistful for the good ol’ days.

You know, like those magical times when Kanye was doing stuff like running around behind the Resolute Desk to give his pal Donald a hug?

Yeah, those times.

Then again, “President Yeezy” has a bit of a ring to it. (See: “sarcasm.”)

Mike Miller
Political junkie. Former senior writer and editor at Independent Journal Review. Realist. Slayer of hypocrisy. Sports lover (except for soccer, of course). Insufferable pizza snob.
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