Kanye West 'not denying' his campaign seeks to damage Biden

Kanye WestKanye Omari WestElon Musk asks Twitter for skit ideas ahead of 'Saturday Night Live' appearance After fleeing Trump, will celebs return to DC under Biden? Amazon's shutdown of Parler is a threat to all small businesses MORE punted when asked in an interview with Forbes on Friday if the goal of his last-minute presidential campaign was to siphon votes from presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE.

The acclaimed rapper told the publication that he was “walking ... to win” the presidency, but when it was pointed out that he wouldn't be on the ballot in enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the White House, West answered “I’m not going to argue with you. Jesus is King.”

When the Forbes interviewer also pointed out that West's campaign could damage Biden, he said “I’m not denying it.”


West, 43, has already missed the filing deadline is a slew of states including South Carolina, North Carolina, New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, Florida and Indiana.

He first announced his intention to run for president in a tweet on July 4. In a subsequent interview that was also with Forbes, West — a once staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE — said he was "taking the red hat off," referencing the president's signature "Make America Great Again" hat that West has publicly worn in the past.

Earlier on Friday, House Majority Whip Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster Sunday shows - White House COVID-19 response coordinator says US is 'turning the corner' MORE (D-S.C.) said there wasn't "any question" that West was trying to take votes away from Biden.

"We saw what was going on in Wisconsin where he was getting help getting on the ballot. But African Americans, most especially, know what this campaign is all about," Clyburn told MSNBC's Andrew Mitchell.

Several of the political operatives that have been aiding West in his efforts to appear on state ballots have ties to Republican politics, leading some observers to conclude they are actually seeking to assist Trump.

West has been fighting to get on the ballot in key battleground states such as Wisconsin and Ohio, both of which Trump won in 2016. Wisconsin — like several of the states that Trump was able to flip from blue to red — was tightly contested, with the president beating former secretary of State Hillary Clinton by less that 30,000 votes.