Kanye West calls for write-in campaign in his first 2020 ad
Kanye West is calling on the country to vote for him as a write-in candidate in the first political ad for his long-shot White House bid.
“We as a people will revive our nation’s commitment to faith,” the “Yeezus” rapper said in the ad released Monday.
“By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, the kind of people, God intends us to be,” West says in front of an image of a waving American flag.
A message at the end of the ad urges voters to “write in Kanye West.”
West only announced his presidential campaign in July, and has used at least $6 million in his own funds on the effort, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
The rap and fashion mogul, running under the Birthday Party, has failed to make the ballot in most states and has polled in the low single digits when included in surveys.
The 43-year-old entertainer, who has said he has bipolar disorder, also recently unveiled a campaign website featuring a ten-point presidential platform and 2020 gear, including $80 “Vote Kanye” hoodies.
It’s not the first time West has pushed for a write-in candidacy. Last week, he tweeted to his nearly 31 million followers:
Friends writing me in pic.twitter.com/bC4NvFBWB5
— ye (@kanyewest) October 9, 2020
West had previously been a vocal supporter of President Trump’s and famously visited the Oval Office in 2018.
In an interview in August, West said he was “not denying” that his campaign, whose state-level ballot efforts have been linked to GOP operatives, is seeking to hurt the candidacy of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.