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'Anti-vaccine, anti-abortion' - rapper West unveils platform for run at the US presidency

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Unlikely challenger: Former staunch Trump supporter Kanye West, with wife Kim Kardashian. Photo: Reuters

Unlikely challenger: Former staunch Trump supporter Kanye West, with wife Kim Kardashian. Photo: Reuters

Unlikely challenger: Former staunch Trump supporter Kanye West, with wife Kim Kardashian. Photo: Reuters

Kanye West has said he is anti-abortion, anti-vaccination and pro-school prayer as he offered more details about his plans to run for US president.

The rapper also revealed he was ill with coronavirus earlier this year but is sceptical about a potential vaccine, calling it "the mark of the beast".

West said he would run for president this year in a tweet on July 4, writing: "We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States."

West has already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in a number of US states, but has now claimed he could make a case to be added as a latecomer due to coronavirus.

To stage a bid for the White House, West needs to register with the Federal Election Commission, present a campaign platform and collect enough signatures to get on the November ballot.

He had previously been a high-profile supporter of Donald Trump, even wearing a red Make America Great Again baseball cap, but in a rambling interview with Forbes, he said: "I am taking the red hat off, with this interview."

He insisted he has lost confidence in Mr Trump, saying: "It looks like one big mess to me. I don't like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker."

West also said he envisions a White House organisational model based on the fictional country of Wakanda in the Marvel comics and film 'Black Panther'.

He said: "I'm gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it's the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House.

"That is a positive idea: you got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans - I'm not saying the most, because you got a lot of alien level superpowers and it's only collectively that we can set it free."

On a cure for coronavirus, he said: "We pray. We pray for the freedom. It's all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad."

He added: "When they say the way we're going to fix Covid is with a vaccine, I'm extremely cautious.

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"That's the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can't cross the gates of heaven.

"I'm sorry when I say they, the humans that have the devil inside them."


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