A rap musician who wants to become the next president of the United States missed the deadline for several key elections, a political commentator revealed.
Kanye West’s last-minute decision to run for public office will cost him lost votes in several states. According to the Ballotpedia website, the independent presidential candidate has already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in several states for the general election on Nov. 3.
“The deadline for independent candidates to get on the general election ballot has passed in Indiana, New Mexico, Maine, New York, and North Carolina,” veteran Democratic strategist Max Burns said on Twitter. The candidate is now running out of time to register for this month’s ballot in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
“Florida’s filing deadline is in [less than] 10 days,” Burns said.
West announced his intention to stand for election on July 4 after hinting for years that he would be interested in serving the nation after President Donald Trump has left the Oval Office, assuming he wins a second term that lasts until 2024.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision, and building our future,” he said on Twitter. “I am running for president of the United States.”
West has not been endorsed by either the Republican or Democratic Party, and would most likely stand as an independent.
Burns has serious doubts about the authenticity of West’s 2020 election campaign and suggested it was intended to attract media coverage. “The Kanye West 2020 campaign is a pure publicity stunt,” he said. “It is *Kanye West* [afterall.]”
West has openly supported President Trump and even wore a “Make America Great Again” cap during his visit to the White House, on Oct. 11, 2019. “You know, they tried to scare me to not wear this hat—my own friends but this hat, it gives me—it gives me power in a way,” the rapper said in a statement.
“When I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman. That was my—that is my favorite superhero, and you made a Superman cape,” he said.
He also indicated he intended to break free from the stereotype that African Americans vote for Democrats.
“People expect that if you are black, you have to be Democrat,” he said. “I have had conversations that basically said that welfare is the reason why a lot of black people end up being Democrat … [and] the fathers lose the jobs, and they say, ‘We will give you more money for having more kids in your home,’ and then we got rid of the mental health institutes in the ’80s and the ’90s, and the prison rates just shot up.'”