Speculation of Kanye West’s candidacy began when he first announced his intention to run in August 2015. Kanye announced his 2020 United States presidential campaign through Twitter on July 4, 2020. Writing: “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION”. West stated in July 2020 that he would run for president under the banner of the newly formed Birthday Party. However, that if Trump were not running, he would have affiliated with the Republican Party.
Various sources questioned whether West was truly running for president or not. Forbes covered Kanye West’s candidacy on the 8th of July. Also, tech Billionaire, Elon Musk showed his support for the presidential campaign on July 13. He had a conversation with Kanye where he further explained his views. However, Musk stated his opinion: that West running in 2024 would be more preferable than 2020.
At a July rally in South Carolina, West stated abortion should be legal because “the law is not by God anyway”. However, he proposed giving every mother that does not abort their child a financial incentive, using “$1 million or something in that range” as an example. He did not disclose how he would pay for such incentives. Kanye also stated that one of his priorities would be to end police brutality, adding that “the police are people too”. He also announced his opposition to capital punishment, citing the biblical phrase “thou shalt not kill”.
#PrayForYe was trending on Twitter early Tuesday. Many people on social media linked West’s recent actions to his mental health. West had openly talked about having a mental health condition called bipolar disorder. This causes extreme mood swings, including emotional highs and lows. But experts are warning people not to make assumptions about his mental health. Medical professionals who have years of experience should be the ones diagnosing this.
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