Kanye West affirms he is running for president, reveals he had coronavirus

Kerry Justich
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Kanye West revealed that he was struck with “chills” as he contracted the coronavirus in late February. Still, he tells Forbes that the virus’s cure lies in prayer.

“Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I'm supposed to do to get over it,” the 43-year-old recalled of his symptoms, before disclosing that rapper Drake came down with the virus as well. “I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can’t be sicker than me!”

West, who has been at his Wyoming home with family for most of the quarantine according to wife Kim Kardashian’s Instagram, didn’t mention how he might have contracted the virus. However, he did open up about what he believes is the cure.

“We pray. We pray for the freedom,” he told the publication. “It’s all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad.”

The rapper and Yeezy designer also affirmed that he is running for president in 2020, giving credit to God for that decision as well. “God just gave me the clarity and said it’s time,” he said. “Now it’s time. And we’re not going crazy, we’re going Yeezy, it’s a whole ’notha level now.”

And although West doesn’t have many plans in terms of policy, saying, “I don’t know if I would use the word policy for the way I would approach things,” he cited the Wakanda model of management that he hopes to implement in the White House.

“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 explained. “That is a positive idea: you got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans — I’m not saying the most because you got a lot of alien level superpowers and it’s only collectively that we can set it free.”

The foundation of the model he explained is innovation and collaboration. “We are going to work, innovate, together,” he concluded. “There is going to be a mix of big pharma and holistic.”

West revealed other plans like reinstating prayer in schools, being against the death penalty and being pro-life. He also explained how his campaign slogan “YES!” was inspired by one of his songs.

“Well my second album is called Late Registration. I got a rap … The other thing is, my campaign is Kanye West YES, not YEP, not YEAH. YES. YES. YES,” he shared. “When I’m president, let’s also have some fun. Let’s get past all the racism conversation, let’s empower people with 40 acres and a mule, let’s give some land, that’s the plan.”

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