OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Kanye West is STILL running for president, you guys! I forgot he was in the race.
As long as he is siphoning votes from Biden and not Trump, Kanye’s candidacy is cool with me.
— ye (@kanyewest) October 12, 2020
Billionaire rapper and independent presidential candidate Kanye West focused on religion and faith in his first 2020 campaign ad unveiled Monday.
Standing in front of a black-and-white American flag and looking away from the camera, the superstar-turned-politician spoke of faith, family and American prosperity.
“America. What is America’s destiny? What is best for our nation? Our people? What is just, true justice?” West, 43, asks at the start of the ad, which he debuted on Twitter Monday, “We have to think about all these things together as a people.”
The fashion mogul went on to discuss faith specifically — something that has been a hallmark of his presidential effort.
West’s first ad focusing on faith is not entirely surprising, as the musician has made it a regular topic of discussion since announcing his late-entry White House bid in July.
The rapper has a generally broad campaign platform, with more goals than specific policy initiatives. Police reform, reducing household and student loan debt and bringing prayer back into school are some of his initiatives.
The ad is fine, even inspirational at times with the faith-filled message and moving music. Kanye is right that we as a people are called to a greater purpose than self and should serve one another. However, it seems like Kanye would be more suited to be the pastor of a church than the president. And yes, it is hard to believe that I just said Kanye West would be more suited as a pastor than…president. But, this is where we are in 2020.
Anyway, if you plan to vote Biden, but aren’t crazy about him, write in Kanye West!
Friends writing me in 🕊 pic.twitter.com/bC4NvFBWB5
— ye (@kanyewest) October 9, 2020