Kanye’s new music…Kanye’s Sunday Morning Worship. One thing for sure, Kanye knows how to his name trending. And he did it again this past weekend this declaration…”There will be a time when I will be the President of the U.S. and I will remember… any founder that didn’t have the capacity to understand culturally what we were doing.”
XXL Magazine says Kanye made that declaration in an interview with Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio to promote his new album “Jesus Is King”, but the conversation took a turn from music towards politics.
The rapper’s fascination with politics first made news three years ago when the “Jesus Walks” walked into Trump Tower to meet with then-President-Elect Donald Trump. It was the bizarre beginning of a relationship that is the definition of politics breeding strange bedfellows.
Kanye shared his fervor over the new President with his fans and pushed his new political view on Blacks encouraging them to become ‘free thinkers’ and break from the confines of voting for the party historically believed to be the pro-Black party. If validity Kanye may have held in argument quickly lost ground when Blacks lumped Kanye in with the likes of Jim Brown and Steve Harvey as sell-outs willing to entertain the man who called for the execution of the Central 5–even though they were proven to be innocent and referred to the homeland of Black and Brown people as “sh*thole countries.
Still, Kanye continued to preach the virtues of Trump to the masses that had their minds made up that this wasn’t their President. Finally, after a humiliating visit to the White House where Kanye seemed to be in need of meds as he gushed over Trump all while sporting a “MAGA” hat, the negative publicity seemed to threaten to bury the rapper. Kanye had an epiphany or at least caught a clue and decided to distance himself from politics saying he had been used. He never clarified what he meant and focused all of his energy it seemed back on music and his Sunday Worship Services.
Until now. Kanye still didn’t repeat his previous “2024” aspirations, but he makes it clear he still believes. Some fans agree President West is crazy, but crazy it seems is the new normal in politics…
How realistic is Kanye’s dream? Today, not likely with Baby Boomers being the largest generation of voters, most of whom presumably wouldn’t support Kanye at the polls. But next year, Pew Research says millennials “are projected to surpass Baby Boomers…as the United States’ largest living adult generation…in the American electorate.” Millennials, Generation Y, Gen Next, iGen/Gen Z….those are the demographics that comprise Kanye’s base of music fans primarily. So, depending on when Kanye is looking to run—he could have support.
But as we saw with Hillary Clinton who won the popular vote and still lost the election, support doesn’t guarantee a win.
Fans saying if Trump did it then why can’t Kanye is perhaps the worst argument especially in light of the train-wreck that has been his presidency. Kanye filling a concert venue and earning millions says nothing about diplomacy, commanding military endeavors and handling foreign affairs. If there’s one thing this country should learn from Trump’s election is popularity and presidential are not the same things. Just because one unorthodox, popular, multi-millionaire was elected should be the exception of temporary insanity of the populace to the rule not the new rule of order.
Trump’s mental condition is also calling into question his fitness for office with some people saying candidates should be given mental health tests before being allowed on the ballot. After seeing his very public breakdowns on stage and rantings in live interviews, it’s questionable if Kanye could pass a mental health test.
But what do you think…does Kanye stand a chance of being President Kanye one day?