Kanye West Abandons Presidential Dreams, Will Not Run in 2024, Lawyer Says
It’s official: Kanye West will not run for president in 2024. According to Rolling Stone, Ye’s attorney, Bruce Marks, said West won’t be Joe Biden’s challenger in next November’s election,.
Marks made it clear. “He’s not a candidate for office in 2024,” he told Rolling Stone.
As confirmed by a filing with the Federal Election Committee, the Kanye 2020 political committee hasn’t set aside any funding for primaries across the U.S. The expenditure reported said West’s committee didn’t raise any money during the most recent reporting period and had less than $25,000 on hand to set aside for an election campaign.
While West created quite a stir with his first presidential bid, he wasn’t considered a serious contender; he was listed on just 12 states’ ballots as a third-party candidate. Due to a recent series of events that cast him in a negative light in the media, the retraction from the 2024 election was expected.
In recent months, West has been under fire for praising Hitler, making anti-Semitic remarks, posting a swastika on Twitter/X, and getting temporarily removed from the social media site, as well as displaying erratic behavior since his split with his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian. His controversial comments caused Adidas to sever its ties with the rapper. The company stated at the time, “Adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech. Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”
A former member of Ye’s campaign committee told Rolling Stone that the prospective 2024 campaign was all “dysfunction and malfunction from the beginning,” and cited several government filings that detailed sudden staff departures and unauthorized spending.
A source close to West said that although the chances of the 46-year-old rapper running weren’t exactly zero, “there’s no plan to [run for president]… there’s no campaign structure or anything along those lines in place … [the chances are] beyond remote.”
No word if he will again endorse former President Donald Trump.