From “The College Dropout” to 2020 dropout.
“He’s out,” adviser Steve Kramer told the publication Tuesday. “I’ll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled.”
Fox News described Kramer as a “get-out-the-vote specialist” hired by the rapper to help get his name on the election ballots in Florida and South Carolina. At least 180 people were hired for West’s campaign, according to Kramer.
West, who entered the presidential race on July 4, has yet to confirm or deny the report.
“According to my calculations @kanyewest‘s presidential aspirations lasted one full Scaramucci,” former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci tweeted Wednesday.
Scaramucci, also known as “The Mooch,” was dismissed from his White House role after 10 days in 2017.
West, 43, denied rumors his presidential bid was a publicity stunt for his upcoming new album or his new clothing deal with The Gap. The hip-hop star and husband of Kim Kardashian told Forbes last week that he was no longer supporting President Donald Trump — “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview” — and was concerned with the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, claiming he tested positive for Covid-19 in February.
But West threw his non-MAGA hat into the ring too late to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate in at least six states, including New York and Texas, and his 2020 platform left many wondering how serious he was.
‘Ye told Forbes he’d be running as a third party candidate under the Birthday Party “because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday,” his campaign slogan would be “YES!” and his running mate will be a preacher named Michelle Tidball. He also said he’s anti-vaccine, anti-abortion and pro-Wakanda, the fictional country in Marvel’s “Black Panther.”
“A lot of Africans do not like the movie and representation of themselves in… Wakanda,” he said. “But I’m gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it’s the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House.”
West also told Forbes that he’s in it to win, but accepted that he might not win in November.
“Let’s see if the appointing is at 2020 or if it’s 2024 — because God appoints the president. If I win in 2020 then it was God’s appointment,” West said. “If I win in 2024 then that was God’s appointment.”
West’s departure leaves the 2020 race largely between incumbent Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, who secured the nomination in April and has been endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Syracuse’s Howie Hawkins is representing the Green Party in the presidential race.