Just days after meeting Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort, Kanye West has discussed the meeting in campaign videos in support of his 2024 presidential run.
Earlier this week, Ye confirmed his bid for the White House, revealing that he’d enlisted right-wing figure Milo Yiannopoulos to assist with his presidential campaign. It was reported yesterday that Ye had visited Trump – who also announced his candidacy last week – at the former president’s Florida estate.
The rapper was seen walking through Miami airport with Nick Fuentes, a right-wing political commentator with documented white supremacist leanings. Ye confirmed his meeting with Trump on Wednesday, posting a tweet which read: “First time at Mar-a-Lago.” According to the post, Ye claimed to have “left President Trump waiting” and “asked him to be my running mate in 2024.”
Today (November 25), Ye has shared what appears to be a presidential campaign video, in which he discusses the Trump visit as part of a “MAR-A-LAGO DEBRIEF.” The rapper said that his offer for Trump to be his vice president was “lower on the list of things that caught [Trump] off guard,” claiming instead that the politician was “most perturbed” by “the fact that I walked in with intelligence.”
Ye goes on to discuss Fuentes, who he described as a Trump “loyalist,” and relayed his advice to Trump to “go and get these people that the media tried to cancel and told you to step away from.” Along that line of enlisting “loyalists,” Ye made reference to the January 6 riot on the US capitol, which Trump supporters led, saying: “why, when you had the chance, did you not free the January 6-ers?”
Elsewhere in the video, Ye claimed that the pair discussed his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, referencing her efforts in 2018 to have Trump grant clemency to former-prisoner Alice Johnson. According to Ye, Trump said that he didn’t “get [Johnson] out of jail for Kim, he did it for me.” The rapper relayed a comment Trump made about Kardashian but bleeped out the exact quote. “That’s the mother of my children,” Ye responded.
Towards the end of the video, Ye said that conservative Christians will “demand that [Trump] hold all policies directly to the Bible.” He concluded the video by claiming that “Trump started basically screaming at me, telling me I was going to lose,” to which he replied, “You’re talking to Ye.” A title card with the text: “YE24” appeared at the end of the video, which the artist also used as a hashtag on the post.
Ye used the hashtag and “YE24” imagery on three additional campaign videos, the first of which features footage of a news presenter reporting on his former partnership with Adidas. That video begins with a title card that reads: “Adidas has just frozen all of Ye’s bank accounts and sued him for $275 million in advertising fees,” and is interspersed with footage of Ye sitting in a white room.
A second video features Fox News presenter Tucker Carlson, who is seen reporting on the musician’s decision to wear a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt at Paris Fashion Week in October. Carlson’s report is interspersed with footage of fellow rapper Diddy sympathising with Ye.
“Look, I forgive him for the things that he said,” Diddy commented in an interview used for the video, “because I already identify with some things going on that I don’t understand.” A clip of comedian Dave Chappelle also appears in the video, alongside text messages Ye allegedly received from celebrity personal trainer Harley Pasternak.
The final video depicts what looks to be Ye’s campaign logo – a glittering circle aside the text: “YE24.”
Ye has faced a wave of backlash over the past months after posting a series of antisemitic remarks online, including one where he said he didn’t believe in the term antisemitism. He was subsequently suspended from Twitter and Instagram, and several companies ended their association with him – including Adidas, who officially terminated their Yeezy partnership with the rapper.