Kanye West has said he is open to returning to politics, insisting that he had not been put off by his failed presidential bid in 2020.
The rapper, whose father battled stomach cancer in 2018, said that he intended to work to cure the disease.
He said he would work on promoting ‘fresh air and food’.
In October 2018, West said his father Ray’s cancer was in remission, and he was embarking on a strange diet to celebrate.
‘Overcome fear,’ Kanye captioned an Instagram photo showing the insects. ‘My dad and I are going to eat this plate of bugs to celebrate him beating cancer. No more fear.’
He discussed in the wide-ranging interview his co-parenting with ex-wife Kim Kardashian, saying they clashed on certain issues, but worked to resolve them.
Asked on Thursday if he had future political aspirations, West replied: ‘Yes, absolutely.
‘You know, that time wasn’t in God’s time. I’m sure there are lives that were saved.
‘I’m sure God had me fall on the sword and say this is not the time,’ he told ABC News on Thursday night.
‘But he’s a redeemer. He’s given me this oxygen, he’s given me this platform, he’s put amazing people around me.
‘He’s given me new purposes. A new lease on life. New air to breathe. And a new respect.’
He added that he was spending time with Jared Kushner.
Kanye West has spoken to ABC News, in an interview that previewed on Thursday night
‘His brother said he’d kill him if he went back to the White House. That’s the answer,’ West replied, when asked whether that was a genuine friendship or a political move.
West said he had met the mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, and thought ‘he would make a really good president, also.’
Linsey Davis asked: ‘In addition to you?’
West replied with a smile.
Davis asked him whether he thought social media was helpful or harmful to him.
‘That’s one of my favorite questions of this interview,’ West said.
‘We can use a car to rush somebody to the hospital. Or we could use a car and accidentally hit somebody while we’re rushing somebody to the hospital.
‘It’s all about how we use it.’
West, 45, was asked by Linsey Davis about his relationship with social media
Davis asked whether he felt social media was helpful or harmful to him
West was asked about his parenting style, and what it was like to co-parent with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
She filed for divorce in February 2021, and their separation was finalized in June this year.
The couple share four children – daughter North, nine; six-year-old son Saint; daughter Chicago, four, and three-year-old son Psalm.
‘I have a voice, and I don’t agree with certain things, as a dad and as a Christian,’ he said.
‘I have a right to have a voice on what my kids are wearing, what they are watching, what they are eating.’
His comments come weeks after he accused his ex-wife and Hulu, the Kardashian family’s streaming giant partner, of railroading him when choosing where the kids go to school.
He compared himself to a sperm donor, arguing that he had been left without a say, and fumed over the fact that the children were attending an expensive private school in Los Angeles when he wanted them to go to his school, the Donda Academy, set up in honor of his late mother.
‘I have a platform, and I get to say what so many dads can’t say out loud. There are so many situations where an entire family can go and basically take control of the kids.
‘I know so many people that hit me, like, out of Chicago, and say: yo, I just went through the same thing as you.
‘People will call me and say hey, are you OK? And I’m like, well I’m OK now because I said something. But I wasn’t OK before with the situation, and that’s why I said something.
‘And there are little nuances of what was happening before at Gap. What was happening at Adidas. And what was happening at home.
‘It was all something of a disregard for what I co-created.
‘I co-created the children. I co-created the product at Adidas. I co-created the product at Gap.
‘And I let everyone know that there is actually a through-line, a parallel.
‘And that does touch on discrimination.’