Donald Trump takes Kanye West seriously. In an Oval Office interview Tuesday, the president told RealClearPolitics he has been watching intently as the music mogul mulls a bid for the White House. The two are friendly, and Trump welcomed him to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before the 2018 midterms.
As Trump noted, the window of opportunity may have passed: “It’d have to be limited to certain states because in some states the deadline has been missed.”
But the celebrity president does not object to having another celebrity on the ballot in November 2020 and then again in November of 2024. “If he did it,” Trump said, “he would have to view this as a great trial run for what’s going to happen in four years.”
Billboard Magazine reports:
A spokesperson for the Federal Election Commission confirmed on Tuesday (July 8) that at press time, West did not appear to have filed the necessary paperwork to make his bid official. A dig into recent Form 2 filings, did, however, uncover what another FEC official suspected was a bogus statement of candidacy credited to a “Ye West” from Monday, whose address is listed as 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., aka the White House.
According to the form, the candidate is using their own money to run on the Libertarian party ticket, with VISION2020 listed as the principal campaign committee (same address) for the self-funded effort. The FEC spokesperson says the fact that the rapper’s full name — Kanye Omari West — is not listed on the form and that the mailing address is the White House will lead to an FEC probe into whether the form contains “false or fictitious information.”
Yesterday it was revealed that the Treasury Department approved up to $5 million in bailout funds for West’s clothing company. West is worth $1.3 billion.
— Debra J. Saunders (@debrajsaunders) July 7, 2020