As many laughs as the news of Kanye West running for president probably brought recently, everyone knows the small possibility is always there of it really happening.
No one thought Donald Trump had a chance either, and it gives an eerie harbinger of others worming their way into the White House without real experience.
Following West’s political views has become just as exhausting since he seems to shift from one belief to another. First he despised Trump, then he became his most ardent supporter.
Now West is back to being anti-Trump again (of sorts) while reportedly starting his own political party (the Birthday Party). What does this really add up to on the political scale?
What does Kanye West really believe in now?
According to West himself, his political views seem to fall squarely on religion and a bit of fantasy rolled into one. During a recent interview with Forbes, he first noted he was done with Trump by saying: “I’m taking the red hat off, with this interview.”
At the same time, his dropping Trump from mind contradicts completely since he admits the plan is to siphon black votes away from Joe Biden. Yes, this means West is still giving Trump a path to a win without a direct endorsement, maybe by direct request from the President himself.
If this sounds like contrarian madness, it might be. West’s ardent belief in God and his Christian values is certainly relatable to many, but perhaps not when he talks about making the White House like Wakanda from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Where does West really fall politically with this mix of seemingly everything? One could still say conservative, yet he says semantics on where he falls politically depends on whomever the person is in office.
Kanye West falls between a Republican and an Independent
According to West from his above Forbes interview: “I would run as a Republican if Trump wasn’t there. I will run as an independent if Trump is there.”
Right there gives a better indication of where West falls, which one might assume is somewhere just right of center.
One thing West never holds back on is berating the Democratic Party, per Complex, and claiming he was forced to join just because of his race. He also claims Democrats have threatened him. Or so said West: “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.”
Whether an exaggerated accusation or not, it might sound troubling to those who expect everyone in the entertainment business to support Biden. West now deems Biden not very exceptional compared to other Democrats like Barack Obama.
Does West have any chance of gaining followers with his political stance, or will he just do damage to the upcoming Presidential election?
Could Kanye West really hurt Joe Biden’s chances, or be deemed a joke?
Nothing is off the table nowadays when it comes to who can run for President. While West admits he has limited knowledge about many governmental issues, that almost seems like something far too many Americans still wrestle with in polls.
More than anything, West is probably just finding a platform to espouse his views. His chances of disrupting the election are most likely nil, particularly with his strange mix of beliefs not falling in the majority.
Sometimes just having a platform of running for President is more powerful than actually becoming the Commander-in-Chief.