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Oh boy: Look who Kanye West thinks is a “brilliant candidate”

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When rapper Kanye West announced earlier this month his intention to run for president in 2020, the DNC jumped on the opportunity to capitalize on it. Yep, forget policy position, capability or any other trait that might actually qualify a candidate for president — if he ups the Democrat “cool factor,” the Dems are all over it.

Apparently, they just ASSUMED Mr. West plans to run as a Democrat in 2020, despite the fact that he isn’t registered for a specific party and has never officially announced what his political alliance is. The next day, its Twitter feed was riddled with GIFs of Kanye welcoming him to the race and mocking Republican candidate positions on immigration.

And though folks might’ve wondered whether Mr. West’s pledge to run for president would stick, given his admission he was under the influence of an unknown substance at the time of the announcement, today the world received confirmation that he’s in for 2020.

But what the pop star also acknowledged about the 2016 race suggests the DNC may have been presumptuous in co-opting him for the Democrat cause.

As The Daily Caller reports:

Kanye West was completely serious when he said he was running for president in five years.

In an interview with Vanity Fair published Thursday, West said he still plans to run and that he thinks Ben Carson is a “brilliant” candidate.

“I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do,” West said. “I’ve got a lot of growing up to do.”

“I hate politics. I’m not a politician at all. I care about the truth and I just care about human beings. I just want everyone to win, that’s all I can say, and I think we can.”

“When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone. I would be like ‘I want to work with you.’”

“As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy.” 

So, is the endorsement of sorts from this the rapper, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer a coup for Ben Carson or the kiss of death? From the sounds of it, Mr. Carson didn’t knock himself out to affiliate himself with Mr. West — which, in my mind, is another sign of Mr. Carson’s seriousness of purpose and character. On the other hand, what do you suppose one of the Democrat candidates might’ve have done in the same situation? 

To be sure, we’re witnessing in a big way American voters’ hunger for leaders from outside the political establishment. And to be sure, rapper Kanye West fits that definition. But, personally, I’m going to have to see a lot more depth from Kanye before I’ll take him seriously as a candidate for president.

Here’s a bit from his Vanity Fair interview that provides a glimpse into Mr. West’s philosophy.

“And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.”

Like I said before about needing to see more depth…

[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]

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