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Kanye’s Out! (Or is He?)

Rapper Kanye West ended his Independent  2020 presidential campaign according to Steve Kramer, who was hired to coordinate ballot access efforts in Florida and South Carolina.  West announced his candidacy on July 4.  Most observers did not take the announcement seriously.  West later outlined his views in an interview with Forbes that seemed to suggest his run was real.  However, the campaign’s lateness hampered ballot access and was, perhaps, the cause of its downfall.

“I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye,” says Kramer to the Intelligencer. “Everyone has their personal decision about why they make decisions. Running for president has to be one of the hardest things for someone to actually contemplate at that level.”

Kramer said the campaign hired petitioners and used volunteers to collect signatures for ballot access.  Evidently, there was much excitement at the prospect of a full-scale campaign.  News of the withdrawal left those associated with it disappointed.

Still, West has said for years that he would run for president in 2024.  He confirmed that plan in the aforementioned Forbes interview.

UPDATE: The Intelligencer is now reporting that West qualified for the ballot in Oklahoma.  The Daily Mail reports West has officially filed his candidacy with the FEC for the Birthday Party.


  1. paulie paulie July 21, 2020

    It’s true that she’s more focused on events and ballot drives right now. But LP national fb page and Spike have all addressed it as well.

  2. paulie paulie July 21, 2020
    Jo Jorgensen on Twitter

    I would rather die fighting for liberty than live voting for tyranny. #VoteGold

    Quote Tweet
    Justin Amash


    Donald Trump is deploying unmarked federal police, decked out like a paramilitary force, to grab Americans off the streets. He’s not protecting liberty; he’s practicing tyranny.…”

    Jo Jorgensen
    Libertarians have always agreed that police brutality, endless wars, and infringement of rights must end.

  3. SocraticGadfly SocraticGadfly July 21, 2020

    Thane: I’m not a Democrat. If you’d read through a few of my comments, that would be clear.

    In fact, to spell out out, and re your post?

    Maybe Howie will outrun them all.

    Speaking of? What, if anything, has Jo said about Portland? Her FB page, as of the weekend, was littered with postings about events, but no statement about the untrained federal cops with thug activities.

  4. paulie paulie July 21, 2020

    I think it was more like brown, and not actually exactly pills per se. But then again a big chunk of the country swallowed the same thing. Remains to be seen how many will puke it back up by fall.

  5. Thane Eichenauer Thane Eichenauer July 21, 2020

    Only time will tell if Joe Biden and his No Malarky! bus will be first past the post…

    or Kanye West in a Tesla Cybertruck…

    or Donald Trump on a Big Trump Train…

    or Jo Jorgensen on a experimental supersonic jet plane…

    Donald Trump seems to have a way with words but perhaps my aural perception organs have a rose colored acoustic shift that I cannot perceive. Have I swallowed one too many red pills? That is indeed possible. Then again, maybe the next red pill I ingest will bring enlightenment.

  6. paulie paulie July 21, 2020

    Yep, we wouldn’t want braggart

    Probably not. Trump already screwed things up enough as it is.

    he might end up like that Trump character and get elected President.

    He might have to get on the ballot somewhere besides Oklahoma first. So far I’m hearing of only total shit show clusterfuck failures.

    Much better to elect Joe Biden, the man that can’t be counted on to finish a sentence.

  7. Thane Eichenauer Thane Eichenauer July 20, 2020

    SocraticGadfly> That said, bragging about his IQ and other stuff, he is following Trump.
    Yep, we wouldn’t want braggart, he might end up like that Trump character and get elected President. We wouldn’t want that. Much better to elect Joe Biden, the man that can’t be counted on to finish a sentence.

  8. SocraticGadfly SocraticGadfly July 19, 2020

    And, for those not on Twitter? Today, in South Carolina, he claimed that Harriet Tubman did NOT free any slaves. Yes, you heard that right. If you thought Trump was not a stable genius, meet Kanye.

    With idiocy like this, Kanye can’t be promoting a new album, either.

  9. paulie paulie July 19, 2020

    I very much doubt that would generate anywhere close to the numbers of signatures, much less valid signatures, that he would need.

  10. Richard Winger Richard Winger July 19, 2020

    He is holding a rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, today (Sunday July 19), to get signatures in person.

  11. paulie paulie July 19, 2020

    He’s tweeting for people to fill out an online petition that’s not even remotely legal for ballot access and directing them to 9 locations, some of which don’t know they are places for people to sign his petition. Sounds legit, sure.

  12. paulie paulie July 18, 2020

    Via internet petition. Good luck with that.

  13. Thane Eichenauer Thane Eichenauer July 16, 2020

    When it comes to Kanye West and placing a psychiatric diagnosis on him I first ask myself, “So long as Kanye West pays his bills,and treats his wife and family well, what does it matter that some anonymous leaker asserts that he has a mental illness?”

    I have read the following words from a lady named Sue. They make sense to me.
    ” Bipolar disorder is just another concocted name – a reason for psychiatrists to give you drugs or to zap your brain with electricity.”

    I’d just as well look at the behavior in question and decide whether or not I lapprove of the behavior then ask myself if I was a talented enough mind reader to *know* why it is that some people do what they do. Most days I manage to avoid claiming the title of mind reader and simply stick to minding my own business.

    Two minutes of Dr. Thomas Szasz on the topic of mental illness.

    All that being said if I had to vote tomorrow my choices being Donald Trump (R), Joe Biden (D), Kanye West (B) and Jo Jorgensen (L) I certainly know who I would not be voting for. As for the remaining three candidates one has done a passably good job of winding down the invade and occupy policies of the past president, one has an impressive background as a VP candidate with Harry Browne, himself an impressive man and one has done a wonderous job of filling my heart and soul with inspiring images and song.

    I might simply write-in the name of Jesus of Nazareth. I – might – just.

  14. Krzysztof Lesiak Krzysztof Lesiak July 16, 2020

    I know a lot about manic episodes being bipolar myself, and I can confirm that during such episodes, one can make incredibly reckless financial decisions.

    If Kanye is on the ballot in Oklahoma, it’s not like he’s going to cost Trump those 8 electoral votes. No way in hell that Biden wins the Sooner State.

  15. paulie paulie July 16, 2020

    SImplest explanation, money sent before manic episode ended.

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