President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied any involvement in rapper Kanye West’s attempt to vote on the presidential battlefield – amid a bundle of revelations about GOP-affiliated officials who support the effort.
“I’m not involved,” Trump said in the White House when DailyMail.com asked him about new revelations about figures assisting West in his petition to get the ballots for his 11-hour presidential campaign.
‘I like him. He’s always been really nice to me, ” said Trump, praising the rapper producer who appeared with him in the White House in 2018 wearing his signature red Make America Great Again hat.
But Trump denied a role in West’s latest actions.
“I’m not involved,” said President Donald Trump when DailyMail.com asked him about officials with long-term Republican ties who helped Kanye West get the presidential vote in key states
‘No not at all. No not at all. Except that I get along very well with him. I like him. I love his wife. His wife recommended certain people as you know, including Alice Johnson, a wonderful woman, “Trump continued, praising Kim Kardashian, pointing out her successful exhortation for Trump to be gracious to her life sentence for a conviction for drug addiction.
The president briefly debated prison reform.
“But his wife advised certain people to get out of prison. They were in prison for a long time. For a long time. And should never have happened. And I took what she said very strongly – Kim Kardashian, “Trump continued. “And she has a good heart. A very good heart. And I love Kanye very much. ‘
Then he added, “No, I have nothing to do with getting on the ballot.”
The President briefly considered how having West’s name on the ballot could affect his race against Democrat Joe Biden, then briefly quit.
Until recently, Kanye West was a feverish public supporter of Trump, insisting he and the incumbent president shared a ‘dragon energy’
West first announced his intentions to go for a president on July 4. Since then, the rapper producer has filed paperwork in seven states to become the next White House resident, including Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Vermont, West Virginia, and now Wisconsin
West’s nomination petitions were delivered by Lane Ruhland to the state’s regulators in Madison by Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. Ruhland, a Republican top attorney and former GOP state adviser, was filmed dropping the signatures
West’s four-person band has raised questions about the intentions of his White House bid and whether it is a GOP-designed attempt to transfer votes from Joe Biden
“We’ll have to see what happens. We’ll see if he gets in the mood. But I’m not involved, ”he concluded.
Trump’s 2016 victory came in a year when Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Libertarian Gary Johnson, was on the ballot, with late pressure from Evan McMullen to try to influence the outcome.
The president’s comments are because a series of GOP officials are bound by West’s efforts.
West filed ballot papers in Wisconsin on Tuesday, a critical state that Trump narrowly held in 2016, where Biden heads in public polls.
Gregg Keller, former director of the American Conservative Union, has been named a contact for West’s Arkansas campaign
The rapper announced his campaign on Twitter on July 4, then filed documents in Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Vermont, and West Virginia.
Top GOP attorney Lane Ruhland was filmed and identified when he dropped West’s Wisconsin petitions in the state capital of Madison. She is a former general counsel to the Republican State Party.
“It looks like Kanye West made a smart decision by hiring an experienced election lawyer,” said GOP spokeswoman Alesha Guenther. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Another official, Gregg Keller, the former executive director of the United States Conservative Union, was listed as a contact for West’s attempt to get the vote in Arkansas. Trump reportedly considers Keller to chair his 2016 campaign before settling on Corey Lewandowski.
Chuck Wilton is listed as a Congressional delegate for Trump in Vermont and a voter for West. His wife, Wendy, is an employee of the Trump Agriculture Department. New York Magazine identified officials assisting West with GOP ties.
Let The Voters Decide also helps West.