Kanye West says that he’s definitely running for president in 2024, while at the same time he urged black Americans not to just “vote Democrat.”
“When I run for president in 2024, we’re going to definitely- yo whatchu all laughing at?” the 42-year-old rapper explained during his appearance at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City, per Fox News in a piece published Friday. (RELATED: Kanye West Discusses His Porn Addiction And Presidential Aspirations)
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When the audience laughed at his presidential hopes, the superstar rapper seemed to ignore them and continued.
“When I run for president in 2024, we would’ve created so many jobs that, in fact, I’m going to walk,” he said. (RELATED: Report: Khloe Kardashian Wants To Marry Tristan Thompson Following Cheating Accusations)
“What I’m saying is, when y’all read the headlines, ‘Kanye’s crazy,’ this and that, this and that, it’s like one in three African Americans are in jail and all of the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing,” he added. “They’ve got no opinion! They’re so scared!” (RELATED: Kanye West Defends His Support Of President Trump On Jimmy Kimmel Live)
The “Gold Digger” hitmaker then referenced how much attention he got back in 2005 when he claimed that President George W. Bush “doesn’t care about black people” following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He has recently walked back those comments.
“Own your power,” the rapper went on. “Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives. That’s not the power.”
“The power is when I talk to my lawyer … I put on my trench coat and said, ‘We’re moving these factories to America, and that’s how it’s going to be’ — and it’s lovely.”
During the same event, he debuted a sneaker made of algae and shared that they “moved the headquarters to Cody, Wyo … Our goal is to bring the manufacturing back to America — South America, North America — bring it back Stateside and to present jobs for people back here.”