Kanye ‘Ye’ West started his downward spiral Thursday night, releasing a slew of videos, including a two-minute campaign ad mocking Donald Trump.
The 45-year-old rapper said last week that he intends to run for president again in 2024.
“The thing that Trump was most perturbed about [is] me asking him to be my vice president,” Kanye said in one of the videos published on his recently-unlocked Twitter account on Thanksgiving night. “I think that was, like, lower on the list of things that caught him off guard.”
“It was the fact that I walked in with intelligence,” he says.
Even after the video was posted, Kanye’s adviser took aim at Trump in no uncertain terms. Of the videos and Ye’s relationship with Trump at present, Milo Yiannopoulos told The Daily Beast: “As a connoisseur and an intimate of several mercurial billionaires, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to find them laughing about it in the near future. Assuming Mr. Trump isn’t too wounded, of course.”
Though, he continued: “Trumpworld is in crisis tonight.”
“In my personal view, the former president has only himself to blame. This is an overdue reckoning. President Trump has neglected and betrayed everyone who loved him most, from the canceled personalities who helped him into the office to his abused supporters on January 6. He might like to reflect on whether he could have done more to acknowledge and support his most loyal fans over the years,” the far-right provocateur said. “Habitual, callous ingratitude has a way of catching up with you.”
The “Mar-a-Lago debrief” campaign teaser comes just two days after West and noted white supremacist Nicholas Fuentes was sighted outside the former president’s Florida golf resort on Tuesday.
As the video progresses, the rapper, who was dismissed by Adidas last month following a torrent of anti-Semitic comments, praises Fuentes.
“Nick Fuentes, unlike so many of the lawyers and some of the people [Trump] was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist,” West said in the clip. “When all the lawyers said, ‘forget it, Trump’s done,’ there were loyalists running up in the White House, right? And my question would be, ‘Why, when you had the chance, did you not free the January 6ers?’”
As he advises Trump to “go and get these people that the media tried to cancel,” the video shows photos of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Trump ally Roger Stone, and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has been ordered to pay over $1 billion to Sandy Hook victims’ families for lying about their children’s deaths.
Trump, according to the disgraced shoe designer and singer, rejected his presidential aspirations with a “would-be mob-Esque” story in which he claimed to have granted mercy to former federal prisoner Alice Johnson in exchange for West. Kim Kardashian, West’s ex-wife, had strongly campaigned for Trump to pardon Johnson.
In the same video, Kanye reveals that Trump insulted Kardashian, though the insult itself is bleeped. Trump allegedly told Kanye, “you can tell her I said that.”
“I was thinking, like, that’s the mother of my children,” West said.
West stated in the weird campaign launch video that Trump was not happy with his intentions for higher office.
“When Trump started basically screaming at the table telling me I was gonna lose, I mean, has that ever worked for anyone in history? I’m like, ‘wait, hold on Trump, you’re talking to Ye,’” the Grammy winner said.
The video ends with the intro to his 2016 song “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1,” and a title card reading “YE24.”