Kanye West has dropped his presidential ambitions just 10 days after announcing them, an adviser told New York Magazine.
West tweeted on July 4 that he was running for president.
Though many believed the statement was a publicity stunt, West apparently hired a campaign adviser and took early steps toward getting his name on the ballot in Florida and other states, according to the report.
A campaign operative approached to go to Florida on West’s behalf told the outlet that they were offered $5,000 to help gather signatures for West to appear on the ballot.
It would have required more than 132,000 signatures for him to qualify.
Kanye hired an actual strategist:
West hired Steve Kramer, a longtime get-out-the-vote specialist, who told the outlet he was added to help get West on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina.
West’s team was “working over the weekend there, formalizing the FEC and other things that they’ve got to do when you have a lot of corporate lawyers involved,” he said.
“We had overwhelming support to get him on the ballot,” he claimed. “Whether anybody is going to vote for him or not is up to them.”
“They got a lot of people who they’ve got both on their volunteer side and their contracted side,” he added.
But now, he’s out:
“He’s out,” Kramer told the outlet after his initial interview. “I’ll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled. We had over 180 people out there today.”
But just an hour later, West posted a video of himself registering to vote in Wyoming and said he is “so humbled at the opportunity to serve.”
“I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye,” Kramer said. “Everyone has their personal decision about why they make decisions. Running for president has to be one of the hardest things for someone to actually contemplate at that level.”