What the Hell Is Kanye West’s Campaign About?

There is no word in the English language to adequately describe Kanye West’s presidential campaign

8/8/2020 2:09:00 AM

There is no word in the English language to adequately describe Kanye West’s presidential campaign

It is not serious, but it’s not a joke either. It has aspects of both a vanity project and a GOP sabotage operation, but not fully either.

The campaign is not serious, but it’s not a joke, either. It has aspects of both a vanity project and a Republican ratfucking operation, but not fully either. Instead, it is an entirely original creation, previously unknown to science.As of this writing, Kanye West has successfully filed to be on the ballot in nine states, where he could win a total of 88 electoral votes. (He also filed in a tenth state, New Jersey, but removed himself from the ballot ahead of a hearing on whether the signatures submitted were forged.) There are 19 states where he can still file, with a total of 190 electoral votes at stake. Two hundred seventy electoral votes are needed to win the presidency and, even more important, the rules of the Commission on Presidential Debates block candidates from appearing onstage who are not eligible to win at least 270 votes. Even without being likely to meet that threshold, his campaign is plugging ahead and pushing to get on the ballot in Montana ahead of the state’s August 12 deadline to file.

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The candidate’s public participation in his own presidential campaign has consisted of one bizarre campaign rally, two interviews with Forbes, and some tweets. Other than that, West has simply signed paperwork and paid for professional signature gatherers to petition him onto the ballot. In fact, TMZ reports that West is currently in a “remote Caribbean location” where politics is “off limits” between him and his wife, Kim Kardashian West. West described himself Thursday to Forbes as “walking” for office rather than running for office.

Much of the campaign seems to be linked to a variety of Republican operatives and activists, intent on putting West on the ballot with the belief that he will take African American votes away from Joe Biden.The most prominent of them is Gregg Keller, the former executive director of the American Conservative Union and a well-known conservative operative based in Missouri. As first reported by Intelligencer, Keller signed on to be the campaign point of contact when West filed to appear on the ballot in Arkansas. Keller, who was under consideration to be Donald Trump’s campaign manager in 2015, has also been linked to the West campaign’s effort to get on the ballot in Ohio. He has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

Others include Lane Ruhland, who was the West campaign’s representative when the rapper filed to appear on the ballot in Wisconsin. Only one week before filing West’s petition, she signed a legal filing in federal court as a lawyer for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The Trump campaign told Intelligencer in a statement about Ruhland, whose identity was first reported by Vice, “There’s no conflict to waive but we have no knowledge of anything Kanye West is doing or who is doing it for him.”

In Colorado, Vice reported that another Republican operative, Rachel George, was helping West recruit electors as part of his effort to get on the ballot. George is the former communications director for Colorado Republican Cory Gardner, who is considered the most vulnerable GOP senator on the ballot in 2020. Her husband, Andy George, is also a Republican strategist in the state, and his firm, Clear Creek Strategies, was paid over $92,000 by the Republican National Committee earlier this year.

Many of Kanye West’s electors — those who would cast electoral votes on his behalf if he wins their state — are also active Republicans.In Vermont, one West elector, Chuck Wilton, was also elected as a delegate to the Republican National Convention. His wife, who is also an RNC delegate, has a Trump administration job, and the two are considered close political allies of Darcie Johnson, who ran Vermont for Trump in 2016 and then came to Washington to join his administration. West’s electoral slates in states like Colorado and Wisconsin are also jam-packed with Republican activists.

But not all of West’s electors are card-carrying Republican operatives.One of them, Catherine McGervey of Cleveland, Ohio, told Intelligencer that she was attracted to West by “his new Christian values” and noted his “kids were baptized in rite of the Catholic Church.” She expressed the hope that she would be friends with West.

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McGervey had few specifics about how she was connected to be an elector but thought it was part of “God’s plan.” The mother of ten, she said, “I heard this man needed people to sign, I said, ‘Come on over, we all feel the same way.’” The result is that eight of West’s 18 electors in Ohio have addresses on the same block in Cleveland; six of those, including McGervey, have the same address.

McGervey, who is ardently pro-life, said she’d never been involved in politics before. She has ambivalent feelings about the incumbent president. She said, “I do love Donald Trump, but I’m not sure if I trust him right now.” She added, “I don’t like Joe Biden.” In her view, “I think we need somebody more focused on God. Trump took us a long way — I think Kanye can go farther.”

The campaign is certainly more organized than it was when it launched in July, via a tweet from West. The rapper, who had spent July interspersing tweets about his campaign with tweets about a new album, explored an effort to get on the ballot in Florida before backing away at the last minute. He then eventually filed as a candidate with the Federal Election Commission, sent in the $35,000 check required in Oklahoma to appear on the ballot and launched a last-minute effort to qualify as a candidate in South Carolina that included his bizarre campaign rally where he attacked Harriet Tubman. (It failed.) At the same time, there was mounting speculation that West was having a bipolar episode, which was eventually acknowledged by his wife, Kim Kardashian West, on Instagram, after the presidential hopeful wrote and deleted a series of tweets, including the claim that she was trying to lock him up.

The question is, what impact he will have on the election? In that context, it might not matter whether West is knowingly playing the spoiler, a man with a mental disorder being used as a patsy, or something else entirely — he’s now on the ballot, and millions of voters will have Kanye Omari West as an option in November.

Needless to say, strategists in both parties have been as befuddled as everyone else by all of this. Prominent Republican pollster Frank Luntz argued that the rapper won’t have much of an impact on the race and there is no demand for his candidacy. “Kanye has always wanted to make a statement, but I just don’t think his running will make a difference,” said Luntz. Of those who did vote for the rapper, he thought that West’s core constituency would be “young African American men,” and that even though West has a “relationship with Trump, I don’t think he’d pull a single Trump voter. He would pull a few Biden voters.”

Tom Bonior, the CEO of Targetsmart, a top Democratic data firm, took a different view. “The best guess I can come up with is his best demographic will be the small subset of young, nihilistic, mostly white voters, who probably voted for Trump the last time around anyhow,” Bonior told Intelligencer.

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There is polling data on West from May 2018, when he famously met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office wearing a red Make America Great Again hat. Then, only 23 percent of Americans had a favorable opinion of him, and 53 percent had an unfavorable opinion. However, among Republicans, West broke even: 35 percent had a favorable opinion of him and 35 percent did not. By contrast, he was deeply unpopular with Democrats, 12 percent of whom had favorable opinion and 67 who did not. And it is unlikely that the events of recent days have improved his standing with Democrats.

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One word and one word always: EGO. Waste of time There's a word for it: awesome. Hmmm, let me try... ASSHOLE Just a stupid man who loves God😂😂😂😂😂 NOTHING!!!!!!! “Batshit” is a start. I have so many words for this. (Most I won’t Tweet because standards.) But shame on Trump and his cronies for manipulating someone like Kanye, who clearly needs help.

vanbadham Nothing News worthy, he just needs to be seen doing something... 🙄 Sure there is - Shite 170lbs of pure Id meets one mofo of a manic bipolar episode, Nothing in English, but I’m sure the Germans will have something about 15 syllables long. No words but numbers can ... 2020 there is; it's called 'Kanye.' his whole campaign is about 'Kanye.'

'Stupidity' Maybe stop writing about it? Incompetent Bencjacobs Yes there is, it is a gop subversion, I guess they think POC are idiots, If only Lawrence Welk were alive. West/Welk 2020 Dumb Good for Kanye. He has the balls to say what no one else will The nonsensical ravings of a lunatic mind How about “crisis” or one popular variant, the existential crisis

Went from singing about a gold digger to becoming a vote rigger.. KanyeWest Paid for the word “asinine” comes to mind. It's not a campaign. It's an operation being run by the Trump mob. KanyeWest are you really trying to 'reason this one out?' Bencjacobs There must be one in German. Trumpesk vanbadham Yes there is: asinine.

He's been set out to help create a circus; all to normalize Trump. Unbelievable. You idiots will turn on anybody. Keep aborting your babies and not listening to someone trying to help you. Margret Sanger wanted to get rid of Blacks and started planned parenthood and the Democrats jumped on the wagon. Unprecedented

He’s breaking from the Democratic party because they take the Black vote for granted and he thinks they have not earned it. His campaign is to spread this idea. Clownish? I have more. Dems worst nightmare. 😂😂😂 Canceled. There’s a word for Kayne. The black vote. Trump gets 50% Kanye gets 50% Biden gets 0% Bawhahahahahahahahahaha

It's a blatant attempt to take votes from Biden and it's being promoted by Trump backers. Ignore it entirely. Distraction Daft! Fantabulous? Like always, it's about him. How about a spanish one: mierda! Bencjacobs Bloated Tick. Waiting for the 'fall off.' Vented. Bencjacobs It's about a man who's having a mental health episode being exploited by the Trumpkins because, well... what else do they have to work with?

Patsy Why does anyone bother to pay attention anything this guy does? Two words: mental illness Yea, there is, 'GoAway'. whenpigsflyyy Not true. “Rat-fucking” has been around since the 1970s and it perfectly sums up the West campaign. Well we all know blacks aren’t diverse now so not sure why he is bothering

Can’t believe our country has sunk so low. Based Bencjacobs Ridiculous Farcical Quixotic Bizarre Vainglorious Preposterous Absurd Outlandish Ludicrous Feckless There ya go, there's 10. That's just basically off the top of my head, too. But everyone has a hard time finding the right words sometimes but pick up a thesaurus, eh?

Bencjacobs Exploitation works. Crazy. Ridiculous. Absurd. Donald. Kanye. Bencjacobs Himself. How about the DSM? “Manic episode with psychotic features” seems like a good stab at it. Bencjacobs There are actually many words to describe it. Distraction. Manipulation. Collusion. Spoiler. Strategic. Bullshit. Charlatan. Scam. Those are just a few. It is simply a coordinated plan by West and Republicans to steal votes from Biden in a few select states. Be better

Bencjacobs There’s lots of 2-word phrases! Let’s explore some options! Yep: AWESOME. Help elect Trump. Really not that complicated. Helping Trump, two words Sabotage. Too much money and adulation of pop stars who in return are convinced they are geniuses and demi-gods. Another shite aspect of American culture. Why do these idiots have so much money?

Bencjacobs Cofefe Start with Shameful Fake? How about publicity? Hubris? How about a sentence: because he can. Bencjacobs attempted, yet surprisingly lazy rat fucking Bencjacobs Bizarre? manic Why don’t you stop writing articles about this and giving this subject any kind of attention? I’m surprised this headline has not been used to describe Trump’s campaign.

How about Biden? giving America something different? Yes there is: distraction There is no word in the English language to adequately describe Kanye West. It's a manipulation. A handling. An exploitation. The Jill Stein of 2020 Wanker? Why, is shit-show two words? Visible. Completely unlike Biden’s campaign.

I don't know. Absurd and ill-fated some to mind... Or, coincidentally, Thighland. Stop. Covering. This. There’s no word to describe how bad Biden is His ego. Why are you validating this shit? This is how 2016 turned out the way it did. Why are we giving this air. Sigh. It’s an spectacle from a 🤡 Very simple: an unapologetic pro-Trump move directed at Gen-Z, but fortunately they don’t buy manure.

Bogus Yeah there is: dangerous Ineffable? How about bullshit? Yes there is: Trump Is 'spoiler' an English word? Thorazineneeded. Is that a word? He is not mentally well. Narcissistic personality disorder Evil Toxic billionaire There are many words! Why are you covering this malignant narcissist? Fake Asshole is a word

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