The United States rapper and Grammy winner, Kanye West, has dropped out of the 2024 presidential race, Daily Mail reports.
This was made known by the 46-year-old rapper’s personal attorney, Bruce Marks, on Friday.
In November 2022, Kanye, who is also known by his legal name Ye, announced his plans to run for the 2024 election following his failed bid in 2020.
A source close to Kanye’s 2020 committee echoed Marks’ statement to the outlet, claiming ‘there’s no plan’ to run and that ‘there’s no campaign structure or anything along those lines in place.’
The insider also called the chance of the fickle entertainer changing his mind on a YE24 bid ‘beyond remote’.
The October Federal Election Commission filing by Kanye’s political committee, Kanye 2020, also reflects ‘evidence of the decision not to pursue a presidential bid,’ per Rolling Stone.
The committee is currently under the leadership of its treasurer, and their recent spending suggests they might be winding down operations. They have less than $25,000 on hand, per the outlet.
In April, a filmmaker hired by Kanye to make a documentary in November 2022 shed some light on why Kanye may have moved on from politics.
Adam Camacho told DailyBeast that Kanye allegedly had said, ‘Right now, I am living my life – like I’m concentrating on the school, The Donda Academy, and my new wife, and my kids, and that’s it.’
The Famous hitmaker allegedly added, “I just want to be left alone.”
The outlet also quoted an anonymous employee from Kanye’s company as saying at the time, “His interests are focused on his children, family, and creative endeavours… Anyone that is representing Ye in any political capacity is a charlatan. There is no political shop.”
Kanye’s political ambitions became solidified when he threw his hat into the ring as an independent candidate for the 2020 US presidential election.
On July 15, 2020, official paperwork was filed with the Federal Election Commission for West, and he went with the ‘BDY’ Party label.
In the end, Kanye managed to score roughly 60,000 votes in 12 states where he made it onto the ballot.
His political ambitions became known to the public earlier than 2020, however, as he had a famous meeting with then-President Donald Trump in the White House in 2018.
During the meeting, he made remarks on issues from the 13th Amendment to U.S. manufacturing.
Wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, he repeatedly complimented Trump.
“It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman,” Kanye said at the time.
“You made a Superman cape for me, also, as someone who looks up to you … looks up to American industry guys.”
At the Oval Office meeting, Trump was asked whether he thought the rapper could be a future presidential candidate and responded ‘could very well be’.
Kanye chimed in, ‘Only after 2024’.
He added, “Let’s stop worrying about the future, all we really have is today.”
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