Kanye is like the David Koresh of hip-hop in that much like the infamous cult leader, Kanye can do absolutely no wrong in the eyes of his most ardent fans. So I suppose one should not be surprised that he has plenty of people encouraging him to truly run for president. Enter Kanye West’s recent interview with Vanity Fair when he is asked about his presidential ambitions in the most flattering of ways.
The question about his teasing of seeking the highest public office was prefaced with: “When you said that at the VMAs, I thought the reaction was surprising. People didn’t seem to dismiss the idea. You would have thought there would be more of an outcry.”
This is what I get for using my inside voice when protesting.
In response, Kanye noted he was indeed running and added, “I want everyone to win. When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone. I would be like, ‘I want to work with you.’”
I assume Kanye has been watching a lot of Sesame Street with his kid, thus his “everyone gets a participation award”-like answer about running for office.
Then, Kanye provided a very clear example of why he doesn’t need to ever be on any political party’s presidential-debate stage: “As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like, ‘This is the most brilliant guy.’”
Can everyone do me a favor and please reconsider your encouragement of Kanye, presidential candidate?
The man thinks Ben Carson is brilliant. In 2015. Is this the person you want representing your interests in a national election?
Ben Carson may be a brain surgeon, but he’s also the man who has likened Obamacare to slavery; rationalized that prison is proof that homosexuality is a choice; waxed about how political correctness in America makes our society akin to Nazi Germany; and claimed that Advanced Placement history makes students want to sign up for the Islamic State group.
Additionally, Carson has shown up to more than one Republican presidential primary debate without the slightest idea of how government works. There’s also his most recent controversy: publicly stating that he would not support a Muslim presidential candidate.
That is the man Kanye West finds “brilliant.” Then again, Kanye West and Ben Carson have a lot in common in that they both make comments that should have been relegated to a journal that had a hot date with a lit chimney. Say their shared sentiment that racism no longer plays as great a role as it once did.
Here’s Ben Carson on the differences between the GOP and the Democrats on handling race: “I think the Republicans have done a far superior job of getting over racism.” Like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush saying he plans to offer black voters “hope” as opposed to “free stuff.”
Read the rest at The Root.