This is how you get lunatics in high office. Do you want more delusional politicians with selfish, unrealistic ideas running the country?

This is where we’re at. Those two grossly wealthy clowns probably actually believe they understand the qualifications for the office, and it’s something stupid like Instagram popularity or how many records you’ve sold or how full of yourself you are.


  1. Akira MacKenzie says

    What’s does West hope to accomplish? Split the African-American vote to help his best-buddy, Il Douche?

  2. Artor says

    Akira has nailed the predictable result of this, but I suspect Kanye actually thinks he’s the guy for the job.

  3. Akira MacKenzie says

    Artor @ 3

    While that very well be West’s intent, I don’t think for an instant that Black voters are going to fall for it.

  4. says

    I doubt this will be like Bloomberg, funding it from his own pockets. Unless he’s planning to challenge Cheetolini for the republican nomination, the only thing he’ll accomplish is splitting Black voters. Something tells me that’s the plan.

  5. blf says

    Musk is also a prime mover behind hair furor’s hydroxychloroquine delusion:

    ● Hydroxychloroquine: how an unproven drug became Trump’s coronavirus miracle cure (07-April-2020): “With help from Fox News and Elon Musk, a misleading French study prompted a wave of misinformation that made its way to the president [sic]”.

    ● Coronavirus has Elon Musk acting like just another used car salesman (01-May-2020):

    A highlight reel of the billionaire Tesla CEO’s activities since early March includes his pooh-poohing the coronavirus panic as dumb; keeping his northern California factory open in defiance of local public health orders; falsely asserting that children are essentially immune from the virus; providing a giant platform to promoters of an unproven and potentially dangerous treatment; predicting (inaccurately) that the US would have no new cases of Covid-19 by the end of April; attempting to re-open the factory before the end of the local shelter-in-place order; and calling shelter-in-place orders fascist. […]

    Musk’s dissemination of misinformation about the virus is not without consequences. He has more than 33m followers on Twitter […]. A recent study published as a letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine linked his tweet about chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that was subsequently touted as a potential Covid-19 treatment by Donald Trump, to a dramatic surge in online demand for the prescription medication. “They weren’t aware of it, they weren’t interested in it — [then] they were trying to buy it,” John Ayers, a UC San Diego professor of medicine and one of the study’s authors, told the Guardian in an interview.

    The chloroquine document that Musk shared was an example of what the infectious disease expert Carl Bergstrom has described as quantitative “bullshit” — the use of statistics and data to persuade someone by overwhelming and intimidating them, “without any allegiance to truth or accuracy”. […]

    Whilst people who can think shouldn’t fall for this Putin scam to take votes from the only viable (however odious) alternative to hair furor, there are 33m confirmed eejits who might.

  6. says

    Ugh. I hate everything about this. There’s no way he’s actually going to go through the hard work of filing the papers and getting enough signatures to get on the ballot. Especially this late in the game. He is doing this for self-promotion and the media will go along with it even though he is not serious about it. Kid Rock did the same thing when he pretended to run for the senate in Michigan.

  7. raven says

    According to a Google search, Kanye West is worth $1.3 billion.

    He doesn’t have enough of his own money to fund a presidential campaign.
    Sure, $1.3 billion is a lot of money, but campaigns are expensive and he would end up spending
    a large fraction of his wealth and he would lose anyway.

    You also need some sort of organization and professionals to get on the ballots in all 50 states as anything more than a write in candidate. He doesn’t have this either.

    I suspect that he will make a few appearances maybe sing a few songs, and that will be it.

  8. unclefrogy says

    egads! we are living through a very turbulent time indeed. our attraction for delusional thinking is probably up there with our worst weaknesses. It has contributed to all of our problems if not the main source of many of them.
    The tenacious hold of religion has on us is an indication of its hold on us. I have increasingly less confidence many of us will get through this period.
    The way we have been going if the U.S. gets out of this we will surely no longer be the f’n leader of the free world.
    Just what we need a billionaire Pop star as dear leader. Just because you “won” a monopoly game does not mean you have the qualifications to be the chief executive of the U.S. Though Maybe if you won world series or the PGA ………..
    uncle frogy

  9. stwriley says

    Raven @8 has it right. This is pure publicity stunt, about as serious a run for office as Pat Paulson. We’ll see Kanye on about as many state ballots too (i.e., maybe one or two at most.) He won’t draw any significant number of votes from anyone, but the few he does draw are likely to be the same kind of libertarian “bros” that worship Elon Musk and think themselves quite clever because they’ve managed to justify their selfishness to themselves without resorting to Ayn Rand.

  10. sparks says

    Well, it’s news to me that Kanye is worth 1.3 Billion. I find myself asking why. But then again, there are lot’s of idiot children out there willing to pay for his shit.

    And now he’s running for Pres.

    What the actual Fuck?

    Just how stupid does this mess of Dumbth have to get before it collapses in on itself?

    Has this idiot actually filed the requisite paperwork? And Musk backs him up all the way.

    Jesus H Fucking Christ. Just make this filthy shit stop now please.

  11. says

    @#5, Intransitive:

    And yet despite the fact that Bloomberg had been a Republican until very recents, funded the campaigns of Republican candidates, governed as a Republican, and had Republican talking points, and entered the race after the first primaries, he still was pulling around 10% of the vote by the time he dropped out. And that’s in the Democratic Party, which likes to pretend its average member is better-informed and has consistent ethics. Don’t underestimate the ability of rich people to buy votes. (Heck, according to contemporary exit polls, the self-funded Ross Perot spoiled the 1992 election for Bush — 4 out of 5 Perot voters said they would have voted Bush otherwise, and that would have turned Bill Clinton’s winning plurality into a minority.)

  12. Akira MacKenzie says

    @ 9

    Riiiiiight, because a significant portion of the American far-right is chomping at the bit to replace their White Messiah with a Black hip-hop artist.

  13. says

    Reminds me a lot of when Tom Steyer declared his candidacy last spring. That man in the audience stood up and screamed “You’re going to make Trump win!”.

    I don’t think Kanye has his shit together to split the vote. And he can be shut down fast just by showing that video of him licking Trumps boots from last year. I’m interested to see how this fleshes out over the next few days.

  14. specialffrog says

    I would argue that Trump’s campaign began as a some combination of publicity stunt and scam (get campaign contributions, pay himself a salary from them and direct campaign money to his businesses).

    So I’m certainly not sure I can predict where this will go.

  15. bcwebb says

    Musk sells a product year after year that does not work – self-driving cars. I’m shocked that no one has ever sued him for fraud. People pay extra for the “self-driving” future upgrade that never comes.

  16. Pierce R. Butler says

    … something stupid like Instagram popularity or how many records you’ve sold …

    Hey, I’d vote for a Beyoncé/Annie DiFranco ticket!

  17. says

    @bcwebb, if you understood anything about the self driving thing you would know that considerable progress has been made. It’s currently at the nervous teenager stage requiring human supervision but updates improve its accuracy month by month. Expecting perfection on day one is not realistic.

  18. chrislawson says

    I might be able to get behind this if Kanye has nominated himself, with Elon’s full support, to be the first President of Mars.

  19. says

    @bcwebb, so you know nothing about Tesla then. They are not billed as self-driving cars. They are electric cars with enhanced cruise which was named stupidly.. The sooner people figure out that Teslas are not self driving, the sooner they’ll stop crashing into immovable objects.