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Kanye West's Presidential Run Is Great News for Donald Trump

"Better late than never" may not apply in this case...

Update 7/8/2020: In a truly wild interview with Forbes, Kanye West claimed to be done with his support of Donald Trump and "taking off the red hat."

Among other revelations was the announcement that he will be running for president under the label of "the Birthday Party," that Tesla CEO Elon Musk will be advising him along with his running mate, Michelle Tidball—an obscure preacher out of wyoming—that he would model his administration after the fictional nation of Wakanda from Black Panther, that he believes vaccines are "the mark of the beast," and that Planned Parenthood is doing "the devil's work."

If that wasn't enough, Kanye also asserted that "America needs special people that lead." And on Kanye's list of special people are Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and (of course) Kanye. As for the Democrats presumptive 2020 nominee, Kanye said "Joe Biden's not special."

Unfortunately for the world, only one of the people on Kanye's "special" list has any chance of winning the election in November... Hat or no, Kanye is still team Trump.

On Saturday, in a strange celebration of Independence Day, rapper, producer, and sneaker mogul Kanye West announced his intention to run for president in 2020.

As in, this year. Right now.

The announcement quickly prompeted messages of support from Kanye's wife, prison reform advocate Kim Kardashian West, as well as from billionaire weirdo/Grimes baby daddy Elon Musk.

Of course, this news comes well past the filing deadline for independent candidates in several major states—which means that unless a political party randomly decides to nominate him, Kanye's name won't appear on those ballots. As deadlines in other states approach—with little apparent effort to gather the petition signatures required—Kanye is officially joining the long, proud history of vanity presidential campaigns. Unfortunately, that's a lot more dangerous than it sounds.

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You Can't Change My Mind: Banksy Is Lame

His popularity undermines the supposed anti-establishment message of his art.

Update 7/15/2020: Banksy's latest piece promoting mask use and COVID-19 awareness defied the pattern of his recent work to be his best creation in years.

Entitled "If You Don't Mask, You Don't Get", the scene of stenciled rats using masks as parachutes and spraying sneezes around a train car in the London underground was executed by the acclaimed artist and an accomplice dressed as cleaners and disguising their paint as cleaning fluid.

Banksy sprays coronavirus-inspired artwork on to London tube www.youtube.com

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Kanye West has released a new single and music video. Entitled "Wash Us in The Blood," the song features Travis Scott and was co-produced by West, BoogzDaBeast, Ronny J, FNZ and Dem Jointz.

The video was produced by L.A.-based video artist Arthur Jafa, who has previously worked with Spike Lee and Solange, and was mixed by Dr. Dre. It's a collage of many different scenes, including footage of West's daughter North West, clips of imprisoned people, footage of people suffering from COVID-19, fireworks, protest footage, and much more. It also features photographs and images from West's Saint Pablo tour and Sunday Service events.

The song and video are explicitly aligned with the rage and revolutionary spirit of the current Black Lives Matter movement. "Wash Us in The Blood sees the rapper call for a blood rain to deliver black America from evil. We're at the point, perhaps, where normal water won't wash; an emergency where we need something stronger," writes Ben Beaumont-Thomas for The Guardian.

It's a sentiment shared by many protestors and activists, who aren't just calling for a Kumbaya-type reconciliation. Instead, protestors are calling for total systemic overhaul—police and prison abolition, reparations, an almost Biblical cleansing of old systems.

Kanye West – Wash Us In The Blood feat. Travis Scott (Official Video) www.youtube.com


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