Kanye West’s presidential run: real or for show?

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New York (AFP) – US rapper Kanye West’s chaotic launch of his unlikely campaign to oust Donald Trump in November’s presidential election has sparked anger, concern for his mental health and questions about whether he is seriously running.

Wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked “security,” West broke down in tears during a rambling speech in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday that was supposed to kickstart his White House bid.

Instead, controversial comments about renowned American abolitionist Harriet Tubman enraged attendees, provoked scorn online and left political analysts scratching their heads about the mercurial musician’s true intentions.

For Jeffrey McCune, who teaches a course on West at Washington University in St. Louis, the topsy-turvy nature of the event was typical of the hip-hop star.

“All things Kanye are impulsive. I have never been a fan of ‘throw-your-towel-in’ political entries. However, this is Kanye’s brand completely,” he told AFP.

With “2020” shaved onto

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Kanye West ‘drops out’ of presidential race after scoring just 2 per cent in poll

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AFP via Getty Images
AFP via Getty Images

Kanye West’s 2020 presidential campaign is thought to be over as quickly as it began.

Earlier this month, the rapper, 43, announced his intention to run against Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the US presidential elections in November.

However, less than two weeks after he confirmed his bid for the White House on Twitter using the hashtag #2020VISION, a member of West’s campaign team has claimed that the star has dropped out of the race.

“He’s out,” Steve Kramer, who was hired to help West get on the ballot in Florida and South Carolina, told New York Magazine’s The Intelligencer.

A member of West’s campaign team said the rapper is ‘out’ of the race (AFP via Getty Images)

Kramer said he was in the process of getting “stuff cancelled” and later added: ““I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye.

“Everyone has their

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