Kanye West has said he intends to run for US president in 2024 and adds that he asked Donald Trump to be his running mate.
The rapper, who has legally changed his name to Ye, posted a video of his campaign logo to social media, alongside the caption Ye 24.
“I think the thing that Trump was most perturbed about—me asking him to be my vice president,” the rapper, who now goes by Ye, said in a video uploaded to Twitter on Thursday night.
The video coincides with multiple outlets reporting that Ye had met with the former president earlier this week at Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, but the former president has yet to publicly comment on whether the meeting happened.
The video tagged the location of the Ye interview as “YEEZY HQ” in Los Angeles, California and served as a debrief from the rapper’s alleged meeting with Trump.
“I think that was like lower on the list of things that caught him off-guard,” Ye said of his request for Trump to be his vice president. “It was the fact that I walked in with intelligence…Trump started basically screaming at me at the table, telling me I’m going to lose. Has that ever worked for anyone in history?” Kanye West inquires.
— ye (@kanyewest) November 25, 2022
Kanye West’s previous attempt to become president flopped
West previously ran for president in 2020, but that campaign flopped, attracting a meager seventy thousand votes.
The launch of West’s campaign comes as the rapper faces a number of damaging controversies.
He provoked a storm of criticism after attending Paris Fashion Week in a T-shirt bearing the slogan “White Lives Matter”—a phrase adopted by white supremacists, who began using it in 2015 as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
West then claimed his critics were being paid by a secret cabal of Jewish people, a common trope of antisemitism.
As he continued to make antisemitic comments online and in television interviews, the 45-year-old was dropped by his talent agency, while fashion companies including Gap, Adidas and Balenciaga said they would no longer work with him.
The musician later commented that he had lost “two billion dollars in one day.”
Earlier this week, Rolling Stone magazine reported that West had supposedly used “porn, bullying and mind games” to create a “toxic environment” among Adidas employees working on his Yeezy brand shoes.
The company said on Thursday that it had launched an independent investigation into the claims.