*Kanye West announced on the 4th of July holiday that he is running for president as an independent in 2020.
While he has reportedly filed a trademark for “West Day Ever” merchandise, the rapper has not filed to run for president with the Federal Elections Commission.
He has also missed deadlines to add his name to the presidential ballot in six states, with more coming up this month, Daily Mail reports. West could miss out on nearly 200 Electoral College votes if he doesn’t act fast. The registration date has passed for North Carolina, Texas, New York, Maine, New Mexico and Indiana.
Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia all have July deadlines.
Here’s more from the Daily Mail:
Of the 538 Electoral College votes total, West would already be missing out on 102 of those votes if he were to successfully make his way onto the ballot in other states.
He could, however, run in these states as a write-in candidate. Although, rules for this type of candidacy vary from state to state and in many states do not count or are tallied as part of the ‘other’ category.
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We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States ??! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
Meanwhile, Kanye spoke with Forbes regarding his White House goals. The Chicago native says he’s not running as a Democrat or a Republican, but under the “Birthday Party” because “when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.”
He’s been receiving “guidance” from his wife Kim Kardashian and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whom he wants to be “head of our space program.”
Ye’s vice presidential candidate pick is Michelle Tidball, a preacher from Wyoming.
“I would run as a Republican if Trump wasn’t there,” he said. “I will run as an independent if Trump is there.”
“I’m speaking with experts, I’m going to speak with Jared Kushner, the White House, with [Joe] Biden.”
During the conversation, Kanye appears to make clear that he no longer supports Trump. “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.”
He doesn’t go into much detail about his apparent change of heart, saying “It looks like one big mess to me.”
He also referenced the president visiting the White House bunker amid Black Lives Matter protests.
“I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.”
When it comes to the Democratic party, West said “A lot of times just like political parties they feel all Blacks have to be Democrat. This man, Joe Biden, said if you don’t vote for me, then you are not Black. Well, act like we didn’t hear that? We act like we didn’t hear that man say that? That man said that. It’s a rap. We gonna walk, all the people.”
He added: “That is a form of racism and white supremacy and white control to say that all Black people need to be Democrat and to assume that me running is me splitting the vote. All of that information is being charged up on social media platforms by Democrats.”
Kanye also claimed he’s been “threatened” over his political views.
“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. And that’s what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people. Threatening them to the point where this white man can tell a Black man if you don’t vote for me, you’re not Black.”
Read his full Forbes interview here.