Can Kanye West Actually Win the Election?
Kanye West is an award-winning rapper who has released numerous hit songs in the past 15 years. However, these days, West also seems to have made a career out of behaving erratically. He has made numerous controversial comments about various subjects, and now West is even thinking about running for president.
However, what really is West’s chance of winning the election in November? Read on below to see an expert’s take on how seriously we should take West as a candidate.
Kanye West announced his plan to run for president on July 4
West took to Twitter on July 4, 2020, to announce his plan to run for president.
“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,” he said.
This is not the first time West showed political ambitions. In 2015, he announced his plans to run for president in 2020, though he later changed his goal to 2024 instead. However, it seems West will set his sight on 2020 after all.
What is Kanye West’s presidential platform?
West has not revealed his full platform, but he has talked a bit about his stances on various issues.
As reported by Forbes shortly after West’s presidential announcement, the rapper is against vaccines. He said, “It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed. . . . So when they say the way we’re going to fix Covid is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast. 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.”
West has also shown many times that he is a devout Christian, and as such, is “pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible.”
When it comes to foreign policy, West said, “I haven’t developed it yet. I’m focused on protecting America, first, with our great military. Let’s focus on ourselves first.”
Can West actually win the election in November?
Unlike other presidential candidates like Joe Biden or Donald Trump, it’s clear West has not fully developed a platform yet. While some people might find this worrying given that the election is only a few months away, there is a good chance West will not actually win the presidency.
According to Neil Sroka, Communications Director of the political action group Democracy For America, West is not a viable candidate by any means.
Sroka told Hollywood Life, “The odds of being able to win as an Independent candidate for president are very long even under the best of circumstances, for a variety of reasons. The idea of trying to launch something in July of an election year is beyond absurd. That’s the long and short of it: logistically, it is very, very difficult for an Independent to run a campaign, even if they had been planning this for years.”
Additionally, West would need to register his campaign with the Federal Election Committee. Rolling Stone reported that a committee called “Kanye 2020” did file with the FEC recently. However, the legitimacy of this is still unconfirmed.
In any case, as an Independent candidate, West would need to petition with each state to get on the ballots. Unfortunately, he has already missed the deadline in several states.
Of course, there is still the option of a write-in campaign, though Sroka noted this route “has never been successful.”
“In 33 states, you need to file some sort of paperwork,” Sroka said. “People could write ‘Mickey Mouse’ on the ballot, and unless Mickey Mouse filed an affidavit announcing his candidacy as a write-in, he wouldn’t be president even if he got every single vote… We’ve never had in the history of America an Independent successfully win a write-in campaign.”
At the end of the day, perhaps anything is possible, especially since many people did not see Trump’s 2016 victory coming. However, Sroka does not believe West’s campaign stands a chance. He said, “The chances of winning an Independent bid that hasn’t started until the Fourth of July is equivalent to an extraterrestrial being winning the presidential contest.”