Kanye West announced he was running in the 2020 presidential election on the Fourth of July and since then, his campaign has been an invariable disaster. From his tear-filled abortion rant at his first campaign rally in July to missed deadlines to get on the ballot, Ye’s mission has been anything but smooth.
Now, TMZ reports the G.O.O.D. Music founder was chosen to run as Vice-President in the California election by the American Independent Party (AIP) to hurt Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Vice Chairman of the AIP Markham Robinson admitted party leaders chose Ye to be on the ticket with Rocky De La Fuente — who’s running for president from the AIP — as an anti-Democratic strategy. They allegedly want to “help siphon” votes from Biden to increase the likelihood of a Republican remaining in the White House. Neither Kanye or De La Fuente were informed of their decision, which Robinson says was made in late August.
Robinson reportedly explained Kanye’s political views primarily fell in line with the AIP — but De La Fuente wasn’t exactly happy about their pick. Nevertheless, he’s embracing the development and recognizes Kanye’s popularity with the 18-25 demographic.
Kanye was previously an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump but claimed he was “taking the red hat off” in an interview with Forbes in July. Despite the gesture, many people still believe Ye’s campaign is all a ploy to keep Trump in office.
During the same interview, Ye also criticized Biden, saying, “I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special.”
The election takes place on November 3.