Kanye West has reportedly not filled out any of the necessary paperwork to run for office and thus won’t appear on several state ballots. Nevertheless, he’s still gained a few high-profile supporters, including his wife Kim Kardashian, Elon Musk, YG and now Chance the Rapper.
On Monday (July 13), The Big Day artist fired off a few tweets defending ‘Ye’s presidential campaign. He began by retweeting Kanye’s new “DONDA” single, which samples his late mother reciting KRS-One lyrics.
“And yall out here tryna convince me to vote for Biden. Smfh,” Chance tweeted alongside the single’s video.
“Are u more pro biden or anti ye and why?” he asked his fans in a follow-up tweet. “I get that you’ll want to reply that you’re just tryna ‘get trump out’ but in this hypothetical scenario where you’re replacing Trump, can someone explain why Joe Biden would be better??”
The majority of Chance’s followers responded to the tweet by claiming that Kanye’s presidential campaign could divert votes away from Democratic nominee Joe Biden, therefore helping Donald Trump get reelected. Others questioned whether or not Kanye has shared any concrete platform stances or intended initiatives.
“Reparations. Prison Abolition. Universal Basic Housing. Education Reform. Universal Basic Income,” Chance answered back. “There’s more but ion work for folks so ill let him do his job. Just saying we been doing this thing the same way for a long time. Can a blck man get a chance.”
“I finally got the answer now. I understand,” he concluded after fans continued to comment on his tweet. “Yall trust Biden more than yall trust Ye. I think I understand why, I just don’t feel the same way.”
After Kanye announced his intention to run for president on Twitter, he spoke with Forbes in a wide-ranging interview that covered a few of his political ideas. In the interview, ‘Ye responded to the argument that his campaign could divert votes away from Biden and help Trump by saying, “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.”
While he remained vague about taxation and foreign policy, he told the magazine he was pro-life, anti-death penalty and “extremely cautious” of vaccines. He also mentioned that he plans to run as an Independent under his own political party, the Birthday Party. However, if Trump drops out of the race, he’ll run as a Republican.
See Chance’s tweets below.