Kanye’s short-lived attempt to get the 2020 ballot

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Kanye West.
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On July 4, Kanye West tweeted that he was running for president. He was treated as one of his typical grandiloquent statements. The tweet sparked many opinion pieces, cable news segments, and even a question in an Oval Office interview with Donald Trump. But most people rejected it. In a follow-up interview with Forbes, West pledged, if elected, to lead the White House as the Wakanda Nation of Black Panther. This remark seemed to reinforce the idea that it was only a lark. After all, West had previously compared himself to characters varying from God to Willy Wonka without trying to establish the Kingdom of Heaven or make an eternal Gobstopper.

But this time may – at least for a moment – be different. Several campaign professionals who interviewed Intelligencer say West took the first steps last week to get his name on the ballot in Florida and other states as a third-party candidate against Joe Biden and Donald Trump .

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