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Kanye West talks presidential run, religion and more with Nick Cannon

The first part of their lengthy “Cannon’s Class” interview aired on Tuesday (Sept. 1).

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Nick Cannon has aired the first portion of a lengthy interview with Kanye West. The 44-minute “Cannon’s Class” podcast episode, recorded near Kanye’s Wyoming ranch, finds the Jesus Is King rapper discussing his new Gap deal, presidential run, religion and more.

Around the 6-minute mark, Kanye begins by speaking about his perceived slight from Forbes when the magazine omitted him from their 2019 billionaires list.

“I was snubbed by a magazine but I was recognized by God,” Kanye told Cannon, later adding, “I feel like Forbes kept snubbing me because they wanted to say, ‘We can’t show you a person being successful that didn’t do it the exact way that we told you you need to do it in order to be successful.”

“God brought me to my knees multiple times,” he added. “The first time that I was put in the hospital in 2016, I actually started reading the bible. That was part of what God hit me with. You know, God has a calling on all of us and he uses us in different ways.”

‘Ye also doubled-down on his anti-abortion stance, which he made a central part of his presidential rally in South Carolina.

“The accomplishment was to have that [recognition from Forbes] and still be sensitive enough to cry at the thought of aborting my daughter,” he said.

Kanye also explained that the Birthday Party — the name of his political party — is meant to represent his pro-life stance.

“The connection point to the Birthday Party is dealing with life,” he said. “These are kids that are now going to get a chance to have birthdays.”

“There are some harsh facts that deal with the Black genocide that is abortion and is happening every day,” he continued around the 28-minute mark. “Right now, God is giving me this information, and he ain’t give me no other information — all we have is this, right now — and that means he wants me to say this now.”

In a teaser video for the full interview, ‘Ye addressed rumors that the Republican Party has been funding his presidential campaign.

“People keep saying ‘I think you and the Republicans are in cahoots,’” he told Cannon. “Bro, can’t nobody pay me! I got more money than Trump!”

According to Forbes, Kanye has been successful in his endeavor to appear on voting ballots in Idaho, Minnesota, Tennessee, Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont. He previously missed state deadlines or was rejected by election commission boards in Missouri, Wyoming, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Montana.

Watch the first part of Cannon’s interview with Kanye below.

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