Kanye West disavowed his old pal Donald Trump, slams Joe Biden, reveals his bout with COVID-19 and, in keeping with his anti-vaxxer stance, calls a potential coronavirus vaccine “the mark of the beast” in a new interview with Forbes.
And, no, his recent announcement to run for President in 2020 was not a publicity stunt, and that he’s even decided that his running mate will be Wyoming preacher Michelle Tidball. His insistence follows CNN’s recent report that West has not registered with the Federal Election Commission or collected enough signatures to get on the November ballot, and has missed the deadline to file as an independent candidate in many states.
“I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,” West said about his prior support for Trump. “One of the main reasons I wore the red hat as a protest to the segregation of votes in the Black community. Also, other than the fact that I like Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby.”
West’s previous affiliation with the Trump Administration was most recently highlighted with news that the billionaire’s company, Yeezy, had been the recipient of a Paycheck Protection Program loan for as much as $5 million.
Other revelations in the Forbes interview:
- West would model his White House on The Black Panther’s Wakanda: “That is a positive idea: you got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans – I’m not saying the most because you got a lot of alien level superpowers and it’s only collectively that we can set it free. Let’s get back to Wakanda…”
- West doesn’t support presumed Democratic candidate Biden. “This man, Joe Biden, said if you don’t vote for me, then you are not Black. Well, act like we didn’t hear that? We act like we didn’t hear that man say that?”
- West says he believes he had COVID-19 in February, though he wasn’t tested. “Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it. I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can’t be sicker than me!”
- An anti-vaxxer, West says of vaccines, including a potential COVID-19 vaccine, “They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.”
- West is opposed to abortion, saying “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the Devil’s work.”