Kanye West is taking off his red “Make America Great Again” cap—a sign of his support for President Trump.
While West was a prominent supporter of Trump’s, the music mogul recently announced he would be running against him for the presidency.
“I am taking the red hat off, with this interview,” he said, sitting down with Forbes magazine for his first major interview since announcing his presidential bid.
As MSN reports, West praised Trump for being the “closest president we’ve had in years to allowing God to still be part of the conversation,” but said current political events have swayed his view of him.
“It looks like one big mess to me,” the rapper and music producer said, describing the November match-up between Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
West cited a specific event when Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside of the White House: “I don’t like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker.”
The music icon also clashed with the president on the use of vaccines.
Whereas the Trump administration is purchasing most of the world’s supply of a possible coronavirus vaccine—so that it may be made available to all Americans who need one, West said he does not support them.
Further, West called the vaccine (and vaccines in general) “the mark of the beast.”
“They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven,” he said, calling it “the saddest thing.”
West addressed both of his opponents in a statement where he said neither is the answer to the problems America faces.
In his first comments fleshing out his political ambitions, West said that he’s running under the banner of the Birthday Party, “because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.” His campaign slogan will, according to the magazine, simply be “YES!,” his running mate will be an obscure preacher called Michelle Tidball, and West claims that he is currently receiving campaign advice from Elon Musk.
“Like anything I’ve ever done in my life… I’m doing to win,” he said, according to Forbes. West said he doesn’t mind if he takes Black votes away the Democratic nominee and actually helps Trump, saying: “I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”
In fact, West appears happier to take digs at Joe Biden than Trump. The rapper said: “I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special.”