Ever since Kanye West made the unexpected announcement that he was running for the office of president of the United States in the upcoming election, there has been buzz that the Donald Trump ally was doing so to try to siphon votes away from Democratic challenger and ex-vice president, Joe Biden. Forbes has reported that West has all but confirmed that his intention is, indeed, to spoil Biden’s chances.
West, who recently withdrew his name for consideration from New Jersey’s 2020 presidential ballot, has been getting assistance from a handful of influential Republican operatives who are working to get West’s name on the ballot in several other states.
Forbes, communicating this week with West via text, had asked West about the reports that his efforts to run for president aren’t for him to actually win but to take votes away from Biden. West responded by stating that rather than running for president, he was “walking,” quickly adding that he was “walking … to win.”
After being informed that he couldn’t win because he wouldn’t be on enough ballots to get him to the promised land of 270 electoral votes and a write-in campaign wouldn’t increase those chances, the billionaire rapper replied: “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.”
In West’s interview with Forbes last month, just days after announcing on Twitter that he was running for president this year, West admitted that he was OK with his quest for the presidency damaging Biden’s campaign, and thereby helping Trump’s:
“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.”
President Trump is denying that he is assisting with the efforts to get West on the ballots in states that he is still eligible to get on the ballot. “I like Kanye very much,” Trump told reporters at the White House yesterday. “No, I have nothing to do with him getting on the ballot. We’ll have to see what happens.”
— Forbes (@Forbes) August 6, 2020