Anybody who suspected that not making it on the ballot in most states would suppress Kanye West's drive to be the 46th President of the United States clearly underestimated the depths of his ambition...or overestimated Kris Jenner's ability to...handle these types of problems.
Just weeks after accusing his mother-in-law of trying to get him committed via an involuntary psychiatric hold, rapper/producer/entertainer Kanye West has dropped his first campaign ad, encouraging his supporters to write in his name for president.
Equal parts Calvinist sermon and social justice screed, West encouraged Americans to embrace faith as the path to America's revival as a nation.
"To live up to our dream, we must have vision. We as a people will revive our constitution's commitment to faith...through prayer, faith can be restored. We as a people are called to a greater purpose than ourselves...to help each other, to lift up each other, our fellow Americans, that we may all prosper together," West said.
"By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people, God intends us to be," West said in front of a black-and-white American flag.
West announced his presidential campaign in July and has spent at least $6 million from his own money in the effort according to FEC filings.
Running under the mantle of "the Birthday Party", West's ad featured the traditional campaign ad rhetoric about Kanye "approving this message", along with a text note at the end encouraging voters to "write in Kanye".
Last week, he shared photo of an absentee ballot filled out with his name on the write-in line. It wasn't exactly clear who's ballot he was holding.
Friends writing me in 🕊 pic.twitter.com/bC4NvFBWB5— ye (@kanyewest) October 9, 2020
West outlined his oddball platform back in July, which features distinct notes of libertarian paternalism. For example, on the issue of marijuana legalization, Kanye West said he feels it shouldn't just be legal, it should be free to all.
Another less radical tenant of West's platform: Handing out free money to Americans.