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Kanye West announced a 2020 presidential bid on Independence Day and is now apparently running against Trump. Hmm

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We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION

- Kanye West Twitter feed


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He's probably missing the adoring crowds and needing some attention. My wee microcosm of black Facebook friends are not terribly excited about it. They think he's batsh*t crazy too.


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I had never heard of this dude. So I had to google him. Okay, a rapper running for president. No big thing, he can be totally ignored as a candidate.


It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.
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Kanye is not one to be ignored. He's also a billionaire and married to Kim Kardashian.

He's what you might call another stable genius. Trump, but Black.


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If and when he shows up in the polls, then I would take him off ignore. But I highly doubt he ever will. Right now between Trump and Biden, they're hogging 90% plus of the vote in the polls or at least per RCP averages.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_biden-6247.html

Right now only 4% state they'll vote third party, 5% undecided. There's not a whole lot there for West to pull from unless he can take some votes from either Trump or Biden or both. At this time in 2016 had 78% of the electorate saying they'd vote for either Trump or Hillary with 11% stating third party and 11% undecided, not sure. Big difference between 22% pool of undecideds, third party and 9% today.

So he does have the money to get on some state ballots, but running as an independent or third party one has to jump through numerous hoops. 50 different rules/laws on the amount of time allowed to gain signatures and the amount of signatures vary per state and which signatures count also varies.

West has missed the filing deadline in North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico and Indiana. The following states has the following deadlines to turn in the amount of signatures needed along with filing for president in those states. 10 July Nevada. 15 July for Delaware, Oklahoma, Florida, South Carolina. 16 July for Michigan, 20 July for Illinois, 25 July for Maine and Washington, 27 July for Missouri and New Jersey, 28 July for Massachusetts and 30 July for New York.

West will be hard pressed to get on the above states' ballots which deadlines haven't passed. He might succeed for those states who's deadline is two weeks from now and the rest of the states unless he can somehow convince an existing third party who has already qualified for the above states. Perhaps only the Libertarian and Green Party would be his only hope.

Political reality. I would think it highly doubtful West can get on the ballot in enough states to give him a shot at 270. Unlike Johnson in 2016 who was on all 50 state ballots and Stein who was on 38. I think West would be lucky if running as an independent getting on 20 states and probably a lot less.

So ignore applies as of today.

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Originally Posted By: perotista
I had never heard of this dude.

How is that even remotely possible? Hmm


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I am sure he is going to win Rick. So cool it!


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In a May 2018 interview with Charlamagne tha God, West said if he were to run his platform would be "the Trump campaign and maybe the Bernie Sanders principles. That would be my mix."


Huh?

It's too late for him to file as an Independent. Is he really running as a Republican ... since McConnell canceled the Republican primary?

What the heck would a Trump campaign with Sander's principles even look like and who would it appeal to? So far Kim and Elon Musk have offered their support, but they're not representative of the American people.

Fox's Piro suggested Trump offer Kanye a job in the WH to persuade him not to run ... Poopah of Race Relations or something. But it looks like Trump and Kanye broke up, maybe over Black Lives Matter.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/05/entertainment/kanye-west-running-for-president-trnd/index.html


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Originally Posted By: pdx rick
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I had never heard of this dude.

How is that even remotely possible? Hmm

I'm not a music affectionaldo. I also don't pay any attention to entertainers who express political views. I also never watch any of these late night political talk shows. There just full of political propaganda from one side or the other. So much propaganda they put Joseph Goebbels to shame.


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More on this West fellow which reinforces my earlier post on this.

"Is Kanye West running for president? Probably not."

https://www.yahoo.com/news/is-kanye-west-running-for-president-probably-not-222938521.html


It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.
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