Kanye West Announces 2024 Presidential Run Amid Far-Right Ties | Kanye West

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The disgraced rapper and designer formerly known as Kanye West has said he plans to run for president in 2024, amid a series of anti-Semitic tirades and new far-right associations.

The declaration of his candidacy, which referenced several political figures and aides linked to American white supremacist and anti-democracy movements, would make him the second person to enter the race after Donald Trump.

A day earlier, the sportswear giant Adidas announced that it was conducting an investigation into allegations that he harassed former employees. Rolling Stone magazine reported claims by Adidas employees working on the rapper’s Yeezy shoe line that he used “porn, bullying and mind games” to create a “toxic environment” at the company.

That revelation itself followed several fashion brands, including Adidas, Gap and Balenciaga, dropping the 45-year-old star over anti-Semitic comments he made online, including saying he wanted to go “deathmatch 3 on JEWS”.

That comment, after he wore a controversial “White Lives Matter” T-shirt during Paris Fashion Week, sparked mass condemnation of the rapper, and he was dropped by banker JPMorgan, his talent agent CAA, lawyers and record label. Yes said later he had lost “$2 billion in one day”.

Twitter and Instagram temporarily locked his accounts. Ye went on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight and made further inflammatory comments, this time about his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and pop star Lizzo. He previously told the CNN anchor Chris Cuomo that his anti-Semitic comment was “not hate speech; this is the truth”.

Ye’s faltering efforts to distance himself from the remarks were further undermined when anti-Semitic protesters referred to Ye in signs erected over the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, California, and in Jacksonville, Florida. One sign reportedly read: “Kanye is right about the Jews.”

“This weekend’s anti-Semitic protests in LA were disgusting and cannot be normalized or dismissed. Words Matter”, California Governor Gavin Newsom, said in a tweet.

The presidential run is Ye’s second. During his first, in 2020, he qualified to access ballots in only 12 states, unsuccessfully sued for access to five more, abandoned four and missed registration deadlines in another 29.

He held a very emotional rally in South Carolina where he spoke about his anti-abortion views, funded two television commercials and ultimately received only 70,000 votes across the United States.

Ye’s announcement of a second run for the White House was made with a video of his campaign logo for social media with the caption “Ye24”. In it, he claimed to have asked Donald Trump to be his running mate, a suggestion that had “most disturbed” the former president.

“The thing that Trump was most concerned about [is] I’m asking him to be my vice president,” Kanye said in a video posted on his newly unlocked Twitter account. “I think that was lower on the list of things that caught him off guard.”

“It was the fact that I went in with intelligence,” Ye added.

In the “Ye24” Twitter post, the rapper said he advised Trump to “go get these people that the media tried to nullify,” with flashes of Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Roger Stone and InfoWars conspiracist Alex Jones.

Several days ago, Ye was seen in the company of white nationalist Nick Fuentes at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club and home. In the subsequent video, titled “Mar-A-Lago Debrief,” Ye said that Trump “basically started screaming at me at the table and telling me I’m going to lose. Has it ever worked for anyone in history? I say, ‘Wait, wait for Trump, you’re talking to Ye.'”

Fuentes is known for his own virulent anti-Semitic opinions and started a white nationalist organization called the America First Foundation. The Department of Justice has called him a white supremacist and he has been banned from several social media platforms.

In the video, Ye pays tribute to Fuentes, calling him a “loyalist”.

Ye also recently told far-right British commentator Milo Yiannopoulos that he was “working on the campaign,” which Yiannopoulos said he took to be a campaign announcement. On Thursday, Ye indicated that he had tapped Yiannopoulos as his 2024 campaign manager.

Yiannopoulos also has a long history of anti-Semitism, including donating $14.88 to a Jewish journalist, a figure referencing the so-called “14 words” white supremacist manifesto and 88, used by neo-Nazis as shorthand for “Heil Hitler” because H .is the eighth letter of the alphabet.

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