Kanye West confirmed in a recent interview with Forbes magazine that he is running for president of the United States in 2020, but has not created an organized campaign.
West said he no longer supports President Trump, and was turned off by recent chaos and reports that Trump hid in a bunker during a Black Lives Matter protest near the White House. He also said he would run as a Republican if Trump was not running as the party's incumbent, but currently plans to run as an Independent. His campaign will be tied to what he calls the "Birthday Party," because, in his own words, "when we win, it's everybody's birthday."
"For the other candidates, I just gracefully suggest y'all bow out — Trump and Biden, gracefully bow out," West said. "It's God's country, we are doing everything in service to God, nobody but God no more."
In the interview, West praised himself, Trump, and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton as "special," but criticized Biden:
"America needs special people that lead," he said, " ... Joe Biden is not special."
West called it "a form of racism and white supremacy and white control" to insist that black people should be Democrats.
"And that's what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people," he told Forbes." 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."
West said he does not yet know what his foreign policy or other policy platforms would be, but mentioned that his White House would in some ways be similar to the land of Wakanda in the movie "Black Panther."
"... it's the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House ," West said. " … the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine — like big pharma — we are going to work, innovate, together."
He also said he wants to "empower people with 40 acres and a mule. Let's give some land, that's the plan."
West reports he has selected Michelle Tidball, a Wyoming preacher, as his running mate, and offered entrepreneur Elon Musk a position leading the nation's space program. Musk has endorsed West for president.