Kanye West Has Reportedly Ended His Presidential Bid [Update: Never Mind]

Update: Or maybe not. Kanye’s beautiful, dark, twisted bid for the White House has more twists and turns than an episode of his wife’s TV show, as TMZ now reports that a Form 1 “Statement of Organization” has been filed with the Federal Election Commission. This means that Kanye West is officially an independent candidate for the 2020 election, and he’s doing the paperwork to make sure he appears on at least a few state ballots. The situation is obviously evolving very rapidly but it looks like Kanye really might be running.

Kanye West has long teased a presidential run and tweeted that he was making good on his promise on July 4, but a lot can happen in a few weeks. After a wide-ranging conversation with Forbes, a dismal showing in a national poll that predicted he’d get less than two percent of votes against Joe Biden and President Donald Trump and mounting registration deadlines, Kanye is officially out, according to Fox News.

It was a bitter end to a campaign that Kanye told Forbes began with divine guidance. “God just gave me the clarity and said it’s time,” he said, burnishing pro-life bonafides and touting a desire to put prayer back in public schools. “It’s God’s country,” West told Forbes. “We are doing everything in service to God, nobody but God no more. I am in service of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and I put everything I get on the line to serve God.”

But that also came with some dangerous thoughts about the potential demonic harm of vaccines and a freely admitted lack of interest in international policies. On Monday, Chance the Rapper enthusiastically tweeted about his interest in Kanye’s campaign only to “sprint down the hill” later after learning a little more about the long odds faced by his longtime mentor and friend.

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“He’s out,” Steve Kramer, a member of Kanye’s campaign team, told Intelligencer.

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