Kanye ‘tak­ing red hat off’ as he throws his hat into the ring

Says he’s se­ri­ous about prez run, no longer sup­ports Trump

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

Kanye West says he is no longer a Trump sup­porter.

The rap­per, who once praised Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and said the two share “dragon en­ergy,” tells Forbes that he is “tak­ing the red hat off ” — a ref­er­ence to Trump’s trade­mark red “Make Amer­ica Great Again” cap.

In a story pub­lished Wed­nes­day, West also in­sisted that his week­end an­nounce­ment that he’s run­ning for pres­i­dent was not a stunt to drum up in­ter­est in an up­com­ing al­bum.

The Trump pres­i­dency, he said, “looks like one big mess to me. I don’t like that I caught wind that [Trump] hid in the bunker.”

Forbes spoke to West from his ranch near Cody, Wy­oming, in what the mag­a­zine called “four ram­bling hours of in­ter­views.” West, who says he’s been di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der, of­ten re­ferred to him­self in the third per­son and claimed he was “one of the most pow­er­ful hu­mans” although ac­knowl­edged there were “a lot of alien level su­per­pow­ers.”

He said if he won the pres­i­dency, he would model his White House on the fic­tional land in “Black Pan­ther,” say­ing, “Let’s get back to Wakanda.”

West has al­ready missed the dead­line to qual­ify for the bal­lot in sev­eral states, and it’s un­clear if he has the abil­ity or will­ing­ness to col­lect the sig­na­tures re­quired to qual­ify in others.

In the in­ter­view, West also said:

He caught the coro­n­avirus in late Fe­bru­ary: “Chills, shak­ing in the bed, tak­ing hot show­ers, look­ing at videos telling me what I’m sup­posed to do to get over it. I re­mem­ber some­one had told me Drake had the coro­n­avirus and my re­sponse was Drake can’t be sicker than me!”

A coro­n­avirus vac­cine isn’t nec­es­sar­ily de­sir­able.: “When they say the way we’re go­ing to fix Covid is with a vac­cine, I’m ex­tremely cau­tious,” he added. “That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips in­side of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.”

Spec­u­la­tion that his can­di­dacy will hurt likely Demo­cratic nom­i­nee Joe Bi­den is ill-founded: “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 West meets with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Oct. 11, 2018, in the Oval Of­fice.

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