Kanye West has reaffirmed his presidential ambitions, saying that he will beat Democratic front-runner Joe Biden with write-in votes, and tweeting a clip of Fox News host Tucker Carlson defending his passionate remarks opposing abortion.
West on Saturday tweeted ‘I will beat Biden off of write ins #2020VISION’ soon after tweeting a photo and video from a visit to the San Francisco office of designer Tina Frey.
He then tweeted, and instantly deleted, a clip from Carlson’s show on Monday, in which the pundit defended West after the music superstar delivered a rambling, emotional campaign speech.
In the speech, West claimed his own father had wanted to abort him, and tearfully recounted his emotional decision with wife Kim Kardashian not to abort their first daughter, North.
Kanye West has reaffirmed his presidential ambitions, saying that he will beat Democratic front-runner Joe Biden with write-in votes
West tweeted and quickly deleted this clip of Tucker Carlson defending him
Soon after the rally, anonymous sources fed the media tips that West’s inner circle was concerned for his mental health, and Kardashian herself later posted on Instagram that West has bipolar disorder, something he has previously stated publicly.
It then became accepted wisdom that West’s presidential gambit was the product of a bipolar episode, but Carlson reserved judgement.
‘Maybe he is,’ Carlson said of the notion that West is suffering a bipolar episode. ‘But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong.’
‘Here you have a public figure saying that children are the most important thing in life, in the world. There’s nothing more important than children — and he means it,’ Carlson said. ‘He’s totally right, of course, and he’s immediately dismissed as a mental patient.’
Carlson’s guest, radio host David Webb, concurred, saying ‘Kanye has a right to say whatever he wants, whether you agree with it or not.’
‘He said a lot of things, by the way, some of them we wouldn’t agree with at all,’ Carlson said.
West tweeted, and instantly deleted, a clip from Carlson’s show on Monday, in which the pundit defended West against mental illness accusations following his pro-life statements
West, in tweeting the clip, added no comment beyond tagging Carlson and Webb in the tweet. The tweet was deleted within a minute of being posted.
It may be viewed by some as West issuing an indirect denial of claims that he is currently suffering a bipolar episode.
Earlier this week, West ‘s presidential running mate told DailyMail.com the embattled rapper is doing ‘great’ and insisted his string of Twitter rants are ‘nothing to worry about’.
Biblical life coach and dental worker Michelle Tidball, 57, of Cody, Wyoming, was named by West as his Vice-Presidential pick earlier this month, and was spotted outside the dental practice where she works on Wednesday afternoon.
Biblical life coach and dental worker Michelle Tidball, 57, of Cody, Wyoming said that West is doing ‘great’ and insisted his string of Twitter rants are ‘nothing to worry about’
On Tuesday, West blasted out a series of tweets accusing his wife Kim Kardashian of having an affair with rapper Meek Mill and saying he wanted a divorce. He also called his mother-in-law Kris Jenner ‘Kris Jong-Un’ in a reference to the North Korean dictator
Kim Kardashian took to Instagram Wednesday morning following husband Kanye West’s late night Twitter meltdown, saying she is ‘powerless’ and calling her husband ‘brilliant but complicated’
The night before, West blasted out a series of tweets accusing his wife Kim Kardashian of having an affair with rapper Meek Mill and saying he wanted a divorce. He also called his mother-in-law Kris Jenner ‘Kris Jong-Un’ in a reference to the North Korean dictator.
West suffers from bipolar disorder and is currently thought to be in the throes of an episode of mental illness.
But Tidball, who holds controversial views on mental illness including that it can be cured with chores, insisted to DailyMail.com the 43-year-old is ‘fine’.
Tidball said of the rapper: ‘He’s great. He’s really great. There’s nothing to worry about. He really is just fine.’
Asked if she intends to continue with her tilt for Vice President, Tidball refused to be drawn on her plans but said she would be releasing a statement soon.
She said: ‘I can’t comment on that [the run for office] right now. I’m going to be making a statement very soon.’
Tidball, who has no history of elected office, was revealed as West’s running mate earlier this month.
West, who announced his plans to run for president on July 4, has been staying at his 4,000-acre ranch just outside the tiny Wyoming town since Sunday.
Tidball appears to have met West in Cody and shares his pro-life views, which he aired during his rally in South Carolina on Sunday.
During the rally on Sunday, he made a rambling speech in which he burst into tears and talked about how eldest daughter North was almost aborted before claiming he saved her life.
On Sunday, West burst into tears and talked about how eldest daughter North was almost aborted before claiming he saved her life
West said: ‘In the Bible, it says, ‘Thou shall not kill.’ I remember that my girlfriend called me screaming and crying, and I was just thinking — because at that time I was a rapper I was out there, [had] different girlfriends and everything — and she said, ‘I’m pregnant.’ And I said, ‘Yes!’ And then I said, ‘Uh oh.’
‘She was crying… and for one month and two months and three months, we talked about her not having this child. She had the pills in her hand.’
He then claimed that a vision from God led to them going ahead with the pregnancy. West said: ‘I’m in the apartment where my wife was actually robbed, and I have my laptop up and I have all of my creative ideas, I’ve got my shoes, I’ve got my next song cover… and the screen went black and white.
‘And God said, ‘If you f*** with my vision I’m gonna f*** with yours.’ And I called my wife and she said, ‘We’re gonna have this baby,’ and I said ‘We’re gonna have this child.’
What Kanye has said since joining the 2020 presidential race
July 4: Kanye West announces he is running for president, declaring that ‘we must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future’.
West receives early backing from his wife Kim Kardashian and from SpaceX supremo Elon Musk. However, there is much skepticism about whether he genuinely intends to run.
July 8: Forbes publishes an interview with Kanye in which he says he has never voted before, wants to model his presidency on the fictional country of Wakanda in the movie Black Panther, and no longer supports Donald Trump after previously appearing in the Oval Office with a Make America Great Again hat.
West also says he was ill with Covid-19 in February and is sceptical of developing vaccines against it, and suggests that Musk should be head of America’s space program.
July 14: West scores two per cent in a poll of the presidential race, with 56 per cent of respondents believing that the rapper is not serious about running for president.
July 15: Kanye appears to take a further step towards running for president, as a filing with the Federal Election Commission shows the establishment of a Kanye 2020 campaign committee under the banner of the Birthday Party or BDY. West says the name is chosen because ‘when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday’.
July 18: Kanye urges his supporters to sign a petition to get him on the ballot in South Carolina. Two days later, state officials say the deadline has passed and that that West did not submit the required paperwork in time. However, he is listed on the ballot in Oklahoma.
July 19: West holds a campaign rally in South Carolina, wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked ‘security’ and with ‘2020’ shaved into his head. In a rambling speech, he reveals that he and Kim had considered aborting their daughter North and sparks outrage by claiming that abolitionist Harriet Tubman ‘never actually freed the slaves’.
July 20: In a series of tweets, Kanye claims that Kim Kardashian is trying to have him locked up on medical grounds, compares himself to Nelson Mandela and suggests the movie Get Out was about him.
The tweets spark further concern for his well-being, but Elon Musk says that ‘we talked about an hour ago’ and that Kanye ‘seems fine’.
July 21: Kanye claims he has been ‘trying to get divorced’ since Kim Kardashian allegedly met rapper Meek Mill to talk about prison reform at the Waldorf Hotel. He also calls his mother-in-law Kris Jenner ‘Kris Jong-Un’ and accuses the pair of ‘white supremacy’ in another freewheeling series of tweets. Most of his tweets are quickly deleted.
Earlier in the day, he had hinted he could postpone his presidential run until 2024 after saying ‘I guess all black people supposed to vote for Biden’. He also heaped praise on comedian Dave Chappelle for visiting him at his Wyoming ranch.
July 25: West reaffirms his plans to run for high office, saying that he believes a write-in campaign could be successful.