Rapper Kanye West hints that he no longer supports US President Donald Trump and that he was keen on winning the presidential race,on Wednesday.
The 43-year-old rapper chose July 4, celebrated across the United States as its Independence Day, to make his announcement.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020 vision,” West tweeted Saturday evening.
West was a supporter of Trump previously but he recently announced that he is going to run for president in 2020.
“I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,” West told Forbes, referring to Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life, I’m doing (this) to win,” he added.
He told the magazine he will run under a new banner – the Birthday Party. West and his reality TV star wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump in the White House.
West made his aim clear by stating that he was not trying to split the Black vote and hurt the chances of Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden. It was “a form of racism and white supremacy” to suggest all Black people should support the Democrats, he said.
The rapper also mentioned about him being ill with COVID-19 in February, and would be suspicious of any vaccines developed to prevent the infection. Repeating false theories that link vaccines with child developmental disorders, he said: “So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious.”
“That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven,” he added.
In the past, the rapper has repeatedly publicly voiced his support for President Trump. On the TV show Saturday Night Live in 2018, West famously grabbed the mic to criticize Democrats while praising Trump. “If someone inspires me and I connect with them, I don’t have to believe in all their policies,” he said.