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Kanye West isn't dropping this whole "running for president" thing.
The rapper in a tweet over the weekend claimed he's running for president in 2020, and he doubled down in a new four-hour conversation with Forbes, in which he insists the announcement wasn't a publicity stunt even though he has apparently yet to register with the Federal Election Commission and has missed the deadline to be on the ballot in numerous states.
West in the interview claimed he's running under the "Birthday Party" banner because, as he put it, "when we win, it's everybody’s birthday." His running mate will supposedly be a Wyoming preacher named Michelle Tidball, and his campaign slogan is just, "YES!" While declaring he is "one of the most powerful humans," West politely requested President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden both simply exit the race now.
"For the other candidates, I just gracefully suggest y'all bow out — Trump and Biden, gracefully bow out," West said.
Speaking of Trump, West looks to be hanging up his MAGA cap, as according to Forbes, he no longer supports the president. "I am taking the red hat off, with this interview," West said, adding that he doesn't like that Trump "hid in the bunker."
So why did West decide to run for president, anyway? He recalled to Forbes once being in the shower and thinking, "you're going to run for president," after which he "started laughing hysterically." At one point in the interview, West used the "framework of Wakanda," the fictional country from Black Panther, to describe his White House plans, outlining what Forbes dubbed the "Wakanda management model." Don't expect that to make much more sense in context. Oh, and he also claims vaccines are "the mark of the beast" and says he had COVID-19 earlier this year.
Read more from the interview, which really has to be seen to be believed, at Forbes.