*On Monday, Kanye West reportedly filed signatures to appear on the Arkansas ballot this fall as an independent presidential candidate.
TMZ reports that the rapper added his newly confirmed vice presidential running mate Michelle Tidball to the petition. According to Complex, “Tidball is a 57-year-old white woman that Kanye met in Cody, Wyoming. She runs an online Bible study, works in a dental office, and is a self-described “biblical life coach,” who charges $65 for a 50 minute one-on-one session,” the outlet writes.
Tidball’s former colleague, Mary L. Keller, told The New Yorker that Tidball considers herself an “online prophet.”
“We went out for drinks, and she told me about this international group of people who are in touch with the divine and discuss it with each other,” Keller said, noting that Tidball predicted Trump would win the election. “To her, his election was evidence.”
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Keller believes West and Tidball are exactly what America needs right now.
“It made sense. They both believe they have direct access to God and read the world as evidence of that access,” Keller said. “The religious imagination is about the only thing that can provide language for drought, flood, fire. … I see Kanye and Michelle as the kinds of voices that people might turn to for a meaningful story in the face of climate change.”
Meanwhile, West has submitted 1,723 signatures with the Arkansas secretary of state’s office, which has 10 days to verify that the signatures came from registered voters before the rapper can appear on the ballot.
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.”
“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 noted 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.”
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.”
Read Ye’s full Forbes interview here.