During today’s White House News Conference, President Donald Trump was asked whether he advised Republican officials to assist rapper Kanye West in attaining ballot access in certain states. Trump denied any involvement or knowledge of West’s ballot access efforts but appeared interested in the outcome.
Trump spoke highly of West and West’s wife Kim Kardashian, who has worked with Trump on criminal justice reform and granting clemency to those serving excessive prison sentences. The reporter who asked the question echoed the rumor that Kardashian is concerned about West’s mental state and that a divorce between the two is pending.
The question follows a New York Times report that Republican officials are helping West’s ballot access efforts in Wisconsin. Some commentators believe West’s placement on the ballot will shift voters from presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and help Trump win re-election.
Since announcing his campaign last month, West, who is running as an Independent and as the nominee of his Birthday Party, has secured ballot access in Oklahoma and likely Vermont. He has submitted petitions in Ohio, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and New Jersey. He withdrew the New Jersey petition after it received a challenge. The Illinois petition was also challenged.