What Kanye West, Liz Cheney, Oprah Winfrey, The Rock, and Andrew Yang have in common: They’re third-party alternatives to the Biden-Trump 2024 presidential binary.

What Kanye West, Liz Cheney, Oprah Winfrey, The Rock, and Andrew Yang have in common: They're third-party alternatives to the Biden-Trump 2024 presidential binary.


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West, the rapper and entrepreneur who last year officially changed his name to Ye, has expressed interest in running for president again, in 2024.

With just weeks left before the 2022 midterm election, Ye told ABC News he “absolutely” has future political aspirations. “That time wasn’t in God’s time,” he said of his first stab at the presidency. 

But with company after company cutting ties with him after his anti-Semitic comments and behavior, his political future seems murky at best. 

The rapper was recently was locked out of his Twitter account for ranting about Jewish people in a tweet that was removed by the social media platform for violating its guidelines.

West tweeted that he was “going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” adding, “I can’t be anti-Semitic because black people are actually Jew also.”

At the time, he had already been under fire for antisemitism following his comments during a Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson accusing Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, of brokering the Abraham Accords to “make money.” 

Adidas, which had manufactured and sold sneakers under West’s Yeezy brand, cut ties with the rapper in October after a delay for which it was roundly criticized.

The company is expected to lose $246 million in profit this year.

West, meanwhile, has already fallen off Forbes billionaire list. Clothing company Gap also severed ties with West, stating that it had shut down YeezyGap.com, and would take “immediate steps to remove Yeezy Gap product” from stores. Balenciaga, Vogue, JPMorgan Chase, talent agency CAA, film and TV studio MRC, are among a potentially growing list of companies to sever ties with West. 

 

 

In 2020, after an unsuccessful run for office, West tweeted, “KANYE 2024” with a picture of his side profile in front of a graphic of the 50 states.

West was effectively a non-factor in the 2020 presidential race. He appeared as a presidential candidate on the ballot in just 12 states and received just under 60,000 votes. His strongest support came from Tennessee, where he received more than 10,000 votes. Trump, on the other hand, secured over 1.84 million votes in the state. 

West again hinted at a second attempt in his new song, “Keep It Burnin.”

In the first verse, he raps: “When you run for ’24, I bet your spouse gon’ be with you / Who put this together? Me, that’s who.”

But now that he is effectively “canceled,” West might just have to be content with presiding over the “Yecosystem” or “Yeezyverse,” the rapper’s vision for a “self-sustained enterprise.” 





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