Kanye West Announces 2024 Presidential Run Amid Far-Right Ties | Kanye West

The disgraced rapper and designer formerly known as Kanye West has said he plans to run for president in 2024, which would make him the second declared candidate after Donald Trump.

The statement follows a series of scandals and far-right associations for the 45-year-old star, who now goes by Ye. The day before, sportswear giant Adidas announced it was launching an investigation into allegations he harassed former employees. Rolling Stone magazine reported claims by Adidas employees working on the rapper’s Yeezy shoe line that he used “porn, bullying and mind games” to create a “toxic environment” at the company.

That revelation itself followed several fashion brands, including Adidas, Gap and Balenciaga, dropping the 45-year-old star over anti-Semitic comments he made online.

He has also been dropped by his talent agent, lawyers and record label. Ye later said he had lost “$2 billion in one day”.

The presidential run is his second. During his first, in 2020, he qualified to access ballots in only 12 states, unsuccessfully sued for access to five more, abandoned four and missed registration deadlines in another 29.

He held a highly emotional rally in South Carolina where he spoke about his anti-abortion views, funded two TV commercials and ultimately received only 70,000 votes across the United States.

Ye’s announcement of a second run for the White House was made with a video of his campaign logo for social media with the caption “Ye24”. In it, he claimed to have asked Donald Trump to be his running mate, a suggestion that had “most disturbed” the former president.

“The thing that Trump was most concerned about [is] I’m asking him to be my vice president,” Kanye said in a video posted on his newly unlocked Twitter account. “I think that was lower on the list of things that caught him off guard.”

“It was the fact that I went in with intelligence,” Ye added.

In the “Ye24” Twitter post, the rapper said he advised Trump to “go get these people that the media tried to nullify,” with flashes of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Roger Stone and InfoWars conspiracist Alex Jones.

Several days ago, Ye was seen in the company of white nationalist Nick Fuentes at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club and home. In the subsequent video, titled “Mar-A-Lago Debrief,” Ye said that Trump “basically started screaming at me at the table and telling me I’m going to lose. Has it ever worked for anyone in history? I say, ‘Wait, wait for Trump, you’re talking to Ye.'”

Ye recently told far-right British commentator Milo Yiannopoulos that he was “working on the campaign,” which Yiannopoulos said he took to be a campaign announcement. On Thursday, Ye indicated that he had tapped Yiannopoulos as his 2024 campaign manager.

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