Kanye West releases presidential campaign video

Kanye West releases presidential campaign video promising to ‘revive America through prayer and family’ (but makes no mention of Kim or the Kardashians) as he touts #Ye2020 merchandise including $60 hats

  • West, 43, released the video on Twitter and told fans: ‘We stepping out on faith’ 
  • He is asking voters to write him in as their presidential pick on November 3 
  • Critics have slammed West, saying his stunt will steal precious votes from legitimate candidates in an already tight election 
  • The rapper’s campaign principles are religion, family, justice reform, the environment and presenting a ‘strong’ but not ‘aggressive’ foreign stance 
  • In his video, he shared photos of himself as a child and with his family but none of his wife, Kim Kardashian, their four kids or her famous relatives 
  • West’s battle with mental illness has been well-documented over the last year   

Kanye West has released a Presidential campaign video in which he describes ‘reviving America through faith’ and the importance of prayer and family but makes no mention of his wife Kim or any of the Kardashians. 

The rapper also released a line of #Ye2020 merchandise that includes $60 baseball hats and $160 hoodies. 

West – whose mental health battle has been well-documented in recent months – first posted the video on Twitter. 

He is now asking voters to write him in as a candidate when they cast their ballots on November 3. 

Along with the merchandise he released on Monday, he also laid out the 10 cornerstones of his campaign, like the Ten Commandments, and matched a bible verse to each one. 

West first claimed in 2015 that he intended to run for President in 2020. Since then, he has had multiple, public breakdowns.

Kanye West in his presidential election campaign on Monday 

The rapper included photos of his own family but none of his wife Kim Kardashian West or their kids 

KANYE’S VIDEO SPEECH

‘America, what is America’s destiny? What is best for our nation, our people? What is just? True justice.

‘We have to think about all these things together as a people to contemplate our future.

‘To live up to our dream, we must have vision. We as a people will revive our nation’s commitment to faith.

‘To what our Constitution calls the free exercise of religion, including of course, prayer. Through prayer, faith can be restored. We as a people are called to a greater purpose than ourselves.

‘We are not only a beacon to the world but we should be servants to each other. To encourage each other, to help each other, to life up each other. 

‘Our fellow Americans. That we may all prosper together. We have to act in faith. 

‘With the sure knowledge that we are pursuing the right goals and doing the right things.

‘We will build a stronger country by building stronger families. Families are the building blocks of society. Of a nation.

‘By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people God intends us to be. 

‘I am Kanye West and I approve this message.’  

In the video, he appears before an American flag to speak.

‘America, what is America’s destiny? 

‘What is best for our nation, our people? What is just? True justice.

‘We have to think about all these things together as a people to contemplate our future.

‘To live up to our dream, we must have vision. 

‘We as a people will revive our nation’s commitment to faith.

‘To what our Constitution calls the free exercise of religion, including of course, prayer. Through prayer, faith can be restored. We as a people are called to a greater purpose than ourselves.

‘We are not only a beacon to the world but we should be servants to each other. 

‘To encourage each other, to help each other, to life up each other. 

‘Our fellow Americans. That we may all prosper together. We have to act in faith. 

‘With the sure knowledge that we are pursuing the right goals and doing the right things.

‘We will build a stronger country by building stronger families. 

‘Families are the building blocks of society. Of a nation.

‘By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people God intends us to be. 

‘I am Kanye West and I approve this message.’ 

The rapper is demanding that voters write him in on their ballots – something that has outraged some who say he risks taking precious votes away from legitimate candidates. 

He tweeted a photograph of a ballot with his name written in as a Presidential candidate last week. 

He is already on the ticket of Roque de la Fuente Guerra, who is running as an independent, but as Guerra’s Vice President. 

At the same time as he released his video online, the rapper’s reality TV star wife released a new range of make-up on her Twitter account. 

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