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Kanye West says he’s done with Trump, had COVID-19 and wants Wakanda-like government

Kanye West spoke to Forbes about his presidential bid for the 2020 presidential election

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Rapper Kanye West listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Rapper Kanye West listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington.

Evan Vucci, Associated Press

Kanye West recently opened up about his announcement of a presidential run — which still might not be completely true — in a new four-hour interview with Forbes.

Here’s a breakdown of the highlights. According to Forbes, West declared the following news bits:

  • West is starting a new political banner called the Birthday Party. Elon Musk will help him with it.
  • “I would run as a Republican if Trump wasn’t there. I will run as an independent if Trump is there.”
  • “Trump is the closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation.”
  • “I am pro-life because I’m following the word of the Bible.”
  • He has chosen an obscure vice presidential candidate. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life. I’m doing to win.”
  • He doesn’t support President Donald Trump anymore.
  • West said he’s OK taking votes away from the Democratic nominee to help Trump: “I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”
  • He’s never voted in his life.
  • West said he had COVID-19 back in February. He said he’s suspicious of a COVID-19 vaccine, calling them “the mark of the beast.”
  • He said: “Planned Parenthoods have been placed inside cities by white supremacists to do the devil’s work.”
  • West said he would organize the White House like the country of Wakanda seen in “Black Panther.”
  • “Reinstate in God’s state, in God’s country, the fear and love of God in all schools and organizations and you chill the fear and love of everything else, so that was a plan by the devil to have our kids committing suicide at an all-time high by removing God to have murders in Chicago at an all-time high because the human beings working for the devil removed God and prayer from the schools. That means more drugs, more murders, more suicide.”

OK, so that’s a lot to unpack. Head over to Forbesto read the entire breakdown of the interview with a slew of notes from Kanye West’s political strategy.

To his credit, West has stayed on brand with his messages. Back in October, West visited Salt Lake City for his “Sunday Service” concert series. He spoke about how the Republican Party freed slaves and being black doesn’t mean you have to be a Democrat, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

“I ain’t never make a decision based only on my color,” West said. “That’s a form of slavery — mental slavery. I ain’t drink from the white person fountain. ... I ain’t playing with them. All these mind controllers, the media, all of these mind controllers. I find that wherever Christ is where I’ve got my mind at. We find that the love of Christ is where I’ve got my mind back,” he said.

West has missed several deadlines in a number of states to have his name put on the ballot. He said the presidential run is not a publicity stunt.