California Ballot: Kanye West Is Running For The AIP, A Far-Right Political Party
When I received my California ballot, I was sort of surprised to see Kanye’s name listed among the presidential candidates, even though he is only running as vice president. His running mate is Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente Guerra, a 66-year-old Mexican-American businessman from San Diego, representing a party I have never heard of: the American Independent Party.
With Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente Guerra, who was an unsuccessful candidate in the Democratic primary for US senator from Florida and for the Democratic presidential nomination, Kanye West is running for the AIP a far-right political party. The AIP is actually famous for having nominated George Wallace in the 1968 presidential election, a man who was running on a segregationist platform.
According to Ballotpedia, the platform of the party brings up too many ‘God-given’ declarations (God-given gifts, God-given rights, God-given duties) for anyone to take it seriously, but it surely fits Kanye’s current vision. As expected, the ultraconservative party supports the idea that ‘a marriage is between a man and a woman,’ and it has a pro-life agenda, again a view very conformed to Kanye’s own convictions.
‘We believe that all those who govern are the servants of God for the good of citizens,’ the last of their issues declares, something that could actually be a tweet from Kanye, just like the manifesto published on their own website: ‘We believe in liberty and justice for all under God,’… ‘The American Independent Party is the party of ordered liberty in a nation under God.’ Unsurprisingly, they oppose all illegal immigration.
According to the L.A. Times, their extremely misleading ‘independent’ denomination led to some unexpected registrations back in 2016: ‘Residents of rural and urban communities, students and business owners and top Hollywood celebrities with known Democratic leanings — including Sugar Ray Leonard, Demi Moore, and Emma Stone — were among those who believed they were declaring that they preferred no party affiliation when they checked the box for the American Independent Party.’ This resulted in an inaccurate growth of the party, but, hopefully, these people have left it since…
Since the American Independent Party has supported Trump in the past, the goal of a Kanye West/De La Fuente ticket in the California ballot has only one goal: drawing votes away from Biden. Vice-Chairman Markham Robinson told TMZ that the party leaders nominated the two men at their state convention in late August, without them even present. So the funny thing about the story is that neither candidate even knew about it, and their candidature was not even publicly acknowledged anywhere before the ballots were printed. De La Fuente is apparently not thrilled to have Kanye as a running mate, but he is happy with the nomination.
This will not make much difference in California, but Kanye is also running in many other states, such as Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Utah, Idaho, Iowa, Tennessee, Vermont, Colorado, and Minnesota… It’s unclear what will be Kanye’s role in the election, but this is not good news in swing states, as his candidature could have some influence.
His twitter feed is not giving any answer, as it is filled with prayers to Jesus, religious icons, and Kanye/2020 apparel, but there is also this: ‘From $53 million in debt to a net worth of $5 billion in 4 years. Thank you, Jesus. I know I fall short, but I repent. I am fully in service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are building schools in the future. Thank God for providing the increase.’
Looking at his close friendship with Trump over these past 4 years, Kanye should probably thank somebody else than Jesus and God. And this would explain why he has spent so much energy at trying to sabotage the election.