American billionaire, Kanye West, revealed that he and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk had discussed his bid for the presidency at length. West says he envisions Musk leading the U.S space program.
Billionaire American rapper Kanye West has said that he and his friend, Elon Musk, have spoken for years over the future of the U.S.
West announced on the 4th of July that he intends to run for president of the U.S. In a subsequent interview with Forbes, the musician reiterated the seriousness of his declaration.
Kanye West attends the Fast Company Innovation Festival - Day 3 Arrivals on November 07, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
West and Musk have a long-standing friendship that dates back to 2011 when the SpaceX CEO shared a photo of the duo in front of one of SpaceX's capsules.
The duo has since grown very close, with each often singing praises of the other. They also regularly purchase each other's products — West bought a Tesla Model S in 2018, and they now seem ready to take a huge step together. West revealed in the interview:
"We've been talking about this for years, I proposed to him to be the head of our space program."
Although the West, 43, has already missed the deadline in four states to file as an independent candidate and also admitted to never voting in his life, Musk seems solidly behind his pal.
The space exploration pacesetter has often spoken of his admiration for West and believes the rapper has played the long game all along, despite others' judgment or ridicule.
West contracted COVID-19 in February.
West also speaks highly of Musk, and publicly defended him when the Tesla CEO's tweet about taking the car company private sparked an investigation from the SEC.
West, an avid supporter of incumbent U.S president Donald Trump until now, admitted that he believed the president was special but that he had lost confidence in his ability to clean up "the big mess" in the country, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic situation. He stressed that the disease was:
"all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad."
West then claimed that he had also contracted the virus earlier in the year. He stated that in February, he had experienced chills and would frequently be shaking in bed.
The father-of-four has since recovered but is strongly skeptical of vaccination as a reliable way of overcoming the virus, stating that vaccines were "the mark of the beast." The rapper also asserted that he was not in support of abortion while condemning police brutality in the U.S.
West claimed that ending police brutality would be a target of his if elected, but stressed that police officials "were people too."
West and Musk were recently photographed together wearing Yeezy sneakers, and it remains to be seen what daring moves the duo conjures in the coming months, politically and otherwise.