It must have been “late registration”.
According to a report, rap superstar Kanye West has already bowed out of his late-entry bid for the presidency.
The billionaire rap icon, who announced his entry into the presidential arena in a July 4 tweet, told election strategist Steve Kramer that he was out of the race, New York magazine reported on Tuesday.
According to the magazine, Kramer was one of the campaign staff hired by West, who helped put his name on the ballot in Florida, South Carolina and other states.
Last week, according to Kramer, West’s team was “working there over the weekend to formalize the FEC and other things when they involve a lot of corporate attorneys.”
Election strategists on the West campaign were tasked with getting signatures to help the president get the presidential hopeful on the ballot in states that Kramer said had significant enthusiasm for it.
“We had huge support to get them on the ballot,” he said.
When asked by the magazine on Wednesday of last week, however, about the West’s presidential bid, the rapper’s campaigners stopped answering the call.
Eventually, Kramer told the magazine, “He’s out.”
Asked why West is giving up his presidential bid, Kramer said, “I will tell you that I know once I get all my belongings canceled.” Today we had over 180 people. “
On Thursday, Kramer extended his support to West, telling the magazine, “I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye. Everyone has a personal decision about why they make the decision. Running for president must be one of the hardest things for anyone to really contemplate at that level. “
West has not personally confirmed that he has suspended his presidential effort.
Speaking to Forbes magazine in an interview published last Wednesday, the musician said he was “taking off the red hat, with this interview,” and is starting his own party for 2020, “the birthday party.” “
If President Trump was not already a GOP nominee, West told the magazine, he would run as a Republican, saying, “Trump will run as an independent if there is.”
Asked why his political party would be called a birthday party, he explained, “Because when we win, it’s everyone’s birthday.”