Last Moment: Rapper Kanye West Signs Up for US Presidential Candidate
Rap artist Kanye West has registered as a presidential candidate in the Oklahoma election commission. This is evidenced by datapublished on the website of the local election commission, writes Newsru.com.
July 15 was the deadline for submitting the necessary documents for registration as an independent candidate in Oklahoma. West managed to file the required documents and pay a registration fee of $ 35 thousand. According to information on the electoral commission’s website, the rapper indicated that he would represent the BDY party (Birthday Party, which can be translated both as “Birthday Party” and “Birthday Party”).
Thus, at least in Oklahoma, the name of the performer will appear on the ballot. According to the Associated Press, pianist Jade Simmons and businessman Brock Pierce also registered as independent candidates in the state.
At the same time, there is still no clarity as to whether West will really participate in the presidential race. On Wednesday, July 15, the Internet portal Intelligencer, which is an appendix to the magazine "New York", claimed that the rapper had already abandoned plans to run for president. Last week, the online edition of TMZ reported that the rapper’s statement about his readiness to compete in the elections was caused by an exacerbation of bipolar disorder, which he has suffered for several years.
Referring to sources surrounded by Kanye, TMZ said that exacerbations occurred once a year, and a statement of intent to participate in the presidential race coincided with one of them.
"His family and loved ones are worried about Kanye’s statements, but they believe that the situation is stabilizing, as it was in the past," the article says.
Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a state of mental health that causes extreme mood swings - from mania to depression. Episodes of mood swings can occur rarely or several times a year.
The rapper published a tweet announcing his intention to run for July 4 - US Independence Day. Within a few hours, he received hundreds of thousands of retweets and likes, including businessman Ilon Mask in support of the rapper’s candidacy. West's wife Kim Kardashian responded with a tweet featuring the American flag.
The rapper spoke about his desire to run for president in 2015 at the MTV Video Music Awards. And in 2016, in an interview with BBC radio, Kanye again recalled his political ambitions, saying that he intends to run in 2020, although he does not have a clear idea of politics, but there are principles regarding people and the truth.
“If I can do something for my country, I will do it,” West said.
Earlier, the rapper met with US President Donald Trump several times and expressed his support for posing in a red baseball cap with the inscription "Let's make America great again."
Then everyone treated this as a joke, but after the victory of Trump, the rapper fans began to take his statements differently - and the hashtag # kanye2020 for some time even became a leader on Twitter. Users noted that if Trump became president, then Kanye can.
“In 2004, Kanye saved hip-hop, in 2020 he will save America,” one of the users wrote.
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In May, the 2018 rapper statedthat the enslavement of blacks, which continued in North America for several centuries, can be regarded as a personal choice of slaves.
“We are mentally in prison. I like the word “prison” more because slavery is too directly related to the idea of blacks. As the Holocaust is Jews, so slavery is blacks, ”he said.
In response, an African-American employee at TMZ, a rapper who spoke on the air, said his statement exposes his lack of thought: according to him, blacks have to deal not with choice, but with the marginalization caused by 400 years of slavery.
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