Kanye West says his days as a supporter of President Donald Trump are over and he’s “taking the red hat off, with this interview.”
The rapper revealed he wore the MAGA hat to “protest the segregation of votes in the Black community,” in a Forbes interview about his plans to run for presidential office. He denies any claims about this announcement being a stunt to promote his upcoming “free” album, God’s Country.
With the campaign slogan “YES!,” West revealed his political plans which include establishing an administration modeled after the fictional country Wakanda from the award-winning film Black Panther. He also wants to reinstate praying at schools and to “empower people with 40 acres and a mule [and] some land.”
“A lot of Africans do not like the movie [Black Panther] and representation of themselves in… Wakanda. But 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,” he said.
“Let’s get back to Wakanda… like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine—like big pharma—we are going to work, innovate, together.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Kanye said he’s against the death penalty, a subject he mentioned on his latest song, “Wash Us In the Blood,” featuring Travis Scott. Mixed by Dr. Dre, the track recently topped Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs and Hot Gospel Songs, amongst other charts.
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