Rapper Kanye West insisted in a new interview that he is running for president and asked President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to drop out of the race.
West created a stir on July 4 when he announced hes running for president in 2020. He had previously said he was targeting 2024 for a presidential bid.
The 43-year-old told Forbes in a new interview that he is running, and hes looking to win.
West is running under a new banner called the Birthday Party. His running mate is Michelle Tidball, a preacher in Wyoming, where West bought a ranch.
West is being advised by his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, and the mogul Elon Musk. West said he offered Musk the position of heading NASA.
He acknowledged that most filing deadlines have passed but said hes consulting experts to see whether the COVID-19 pandemic would let him file after some of the deadlines.
The rapper has been an open supporter of Trump in the past but said he no longer supports him.
The Trump administration “looks like one big mess to me,” West said. “I dont like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.”
Still, West is refraining from running as a Republican, instead joining the race as an independent. And he had some praise for the Republican. “Trump is the closest president weve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation,” West, a Christian, said.
Both Trump and Biden should bow out of the race, West said.
Neither campaign responded to a request for comment.