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Kanye West Says He Asked Donald Trump to Be His Running Mate in New Presidential Campaign Ad

Kanye West has continued to tease his 2024 presidential bid, claiming that he asked Donald Trump to join his ticket as vice president.

Potential 2024 presidential candidate Kanye West is pulling receipts in his campaign. On Thursday (November 24), West, who now goes by Ye, posted his campaign video, with claims that he asked former president Donald Trump to be his running mate as vice president.

Filmed at the Yeezy headquarters in Los Angeles, Ye’s speech about his visit with Trump followed his Mar-A-Lago debrief with the 45th United States president. West came along with Nick Fuentes, a leading alt-right figure, white nationalist, and Holocaust denier. The artist also challenged Trump on not acting to legally protect those who invaded the U.S. Capitol Building in January 2021 before saying that he “walked in with intelligence” during the meeting as “someone who loves Trump.”

“Nick Fuentes, unlike so many of the lawyers and some of the people [Trump] was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist,” West said in the clip. “When all the lawyers said, ‘forget it, Trump’s done,’ there were loyalists running up in the White House, right? And my question would be, ‘Why, when you had the chance, did you not free the January 6ers?’”

“He basically gives me this would-be mob-esque kind of story of all that he went through to get Alice Johnson out of jail and that he did not do it for Kim [Kardashian] but he did it for me,” Ye says in the video.

 

The Yeezy founder added that Trump insulted his then-wife before yelling at him, claiming that the former president “started basically screaming at me at the table, telling me I am going to lose.”

Although Ye has not formerly announced his presidential run, he previously commented that he would seek the presidency in 2024. Recently partnering with Ye is right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos as campaign manager.

Ye formerly ran as an independent candidate in the 2020 election, only receiving 70,000 votes across 12 states. In November of that year, Ye ended his bid, unable to receive enough votes to land him beside the Democratic and Republican parties.

Trump formerly entered the 2024 presidential election after the midterm elections, using 1966 Sam & Dave song “Hold On I’m Coming” during his announcement.

 

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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