At Least It’s Not Kanye

Whether you’re hoping Trump or Biden comes out on top, let’s all be glad that Kanye West will not be president


Sarah Hayes

”I hate when I’m on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle.” One of many reasons Kanye West will, thankfully, not be our next president.

Sarah Hayes, Staff Writer

Right now, the nation is staring at red and blue maps, pulse thrilling at every update. At the time of this writing, the states of Arizona, North Carolina, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Georgia have not been called yet, as officials in those states are working to count every ballot. With more mail-in votes than any time in US history (more people actually voted before Election Day than on it this year) and with President Trump’s campaign already filing for lawsuits regarding recounts, it could be a while before we know which candidate will be attending January’s inauguration.

But we do know one thing: it won’t be Kanye West. And that’s a good thing.

Earlier this year, musician-turned-fashion-designer-turned-Kardashian Kanye West announced that he would be running for the presidency under a new independent party called the Birthday Party.  Kanye, who spent the bulk of last year turning his 1,400 acre Wyoming ranch into a compound where is fans and followers can live, teased years ago that he would run for president. Despite being friends with incumbent president Donald Trump.  Kanye announced his candidacy in July, naming as vice president Wyoming preacher Michelle Tidball.

Although there were claims of Kanye dropping out of the presidential race, he held his first rally on July 19 in South Carolina and even made it to ballots in 12 states, including here in Colorado. He ran on a platform of supporting the arts, combating climate change, restoring prayer in schools, and “creating a culture of life,” meaning he would outlaw both abortion and the death penalty. 

Fortunately for all of us, Kanye received only around 60,000 votes (including 392 in Weld County!) and not a single electoral vote. There are many reasons why West’s presidential campaign didn’t make it that far. He joined the race late. He had unclear policies. But mostly, Kanye West is a grade-A idiot that has no business being anywhere near the presidency.


Let’s go through the facts:

He has no experience in political office: Not only has he never held a political office, but this election was also the first time he ever voted. While his reasons for wanting to change America are understandable, the platform he wants to put into place is vague at best, contradictory at worst. He has no idea how the government works, claiming he will make and abolish laws as president (the president actually does neither). Can we really trust someone so divorced from the democratic process with the presidency?

He is unpredictable: In one interview for his campaign, he goes from talking environmental policy to how he is currently focused on the future of sneakers. Kanye has started plans to end homelessness in California only to end them for seemingly no reason. He created his own fast-food franchise in Chicago just to shutter it soon after. He has founded three different clothing lines in the span of ten years. It is easier to admire Kanye’s entrepreneurial spirit and having a business fail is common, yet the reason for all of his business failures is similar: he gets distracted by having too many interests at once, investing heavily at the start and then pursuing another interest, leaving the initial business to flounder. This leads to the obvious worry: what if Kanye gets bored as president? Or worse, what if he becomes obsessed with a single issue and doesn’t fulfill his other jobs as president? A president needs to be level-headed in a crisis, and he’s just too unpredictable.


He is unstable: Unprofessionalism is a fatal flaw for Mr. West. During his campaign, he had a meltdown on Twitter, calling out record labels and posting a video of himself urinating on his Grammy. He struck a clothing deal with the Gap only to back out when they wouldn’t give him a seat on the company’s board of directors. Granted, some of this may come down to being a person with bipolar disorder, which is something he has sometimes denied (saying he was misdiagnosed due to a lack of sleep) and other times has called his superpower. Regardless, he refuses to take medication for this disorder, which calls his judgment into serious question. He has canceled concerts for “psychiatric emergencies,” and while I can empathize with Kanye’s struggles with his mental health, someone that unstable should not have the nuclear codes.


He is self-centered: Kanye West may be the most self-absorbed man on the planet. He believes he is the “Steve Jobs of fashion” despite having several failed fashion lines and having gotten criticism for selling a $150 white t-shirt. He has said he is the most successful artist of our time, but album and song sales prove that just isn’t true. He has said that he is more influential than “Stanley Kubrick, the Apostle Paul, [and] Picasso.” He is enthralled by his own ego, fighting with Saturday Night Live and Taylor Swift for reasons only he understands. An egotist cannot be a good president, as a president has to keep the entire country on their mind and do what’s best for all, not just themselves. Case in point: Kanye West surprised his wife Kim with a hologram of her late father as a gift for her fortieth birthday. While he had the hologram programmed to compliment Kim on pursuing her law degree and say that he is watching down on her children, the hologram also said that Kim married the “most, most, most, most, most genius man in the whole world.” Now that is egoism.

He may be a cult leader: This isn’t hyperbole: several reputable news outlets have questioned if his recent Sunday Service concerts are actually a launching pad for a cult dedicated to Kanye.  He has called himself the “ghetto Pope” and believes he is God’s vessel on earth. While Kanye’s services are nondenominational, Kanye is clear about his belief in a nontraditional version of Biblical literalism and that he will be rewarded by making others dedicate their lives to Jesus. Kanye’s politics are based in these beliefs, and while it is admirable when religious faith compels someone to seek office to serve others, Kayne has been very clear that he wants to enforce his way of belief as law, requiring prayer in schools and banning policies that do not conform to his personal faith. This isn’t just constitutional, it’s potentially dangerous. One of the core tenets of our democracy is freedom of religion and his policies would upend this.


He’s just plain dumb: One of Kanye’s beliefs is that America should repeal the 13th amendment–the one that bans forced servitude–because he believes slavery was a choice. In 2009, he claimed he was changing his name to Martin Louis the King Jr. (an amalgamation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Louis Vuitton). He has described himself as “a proud non-reader of books”. This is only the tip of the iceberg: Kanye’s entire career has been a foolish parade of gaffes and ignorance.


Yet America did the right thing this election and did not select Kanye for office. This year was hopefully a good eye-opener and learning experience for Kanye. He needs to find humility. He needs to start taking things more seriously. He needs to educate himself on the affairs of the world and act with patience and thoughtful…