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Ye, the rap music artist formerly known as Kanye West, released his first campaign video on Thursday for an unlikely presidential bid in 2024, lashing out at former President Donald Trump.
In the video posted to Twitter, Ye shared that he had previously offered Trump a position to become his vice presidential nominee, a comment Ye said confused and frustrated Trump.
“I think that’s what Trump was most concerned about [was] I asked him to be my vice president,” Ye said in the video. “I think that was lower on the list of things that caught him off guard.”
The comments were made during a “debrief” session about Ye’s visit to the White House and meeting with then-President Trump in October 2018.
In Thursday’s campaign video, Ye also challenged Trump for failing to act to legally protect those who invaded the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, while in office.
The owner of the “Yeezy” clothing brand said he “came in with intelligence” as “someone who loves Trump” at the rally, urging him to listen more to his loyalists.
“He basically gives me this so-called mafia-esque story of everything he went through to get Alice Johnson out of jail and that he didn’t do it for Kim. [Kardashian] but he did it for me,” Ye recalled in the video.
Johnson was a 63-year-old who was pardoned by Trump in 2018.
The music mogul also claimed that the former president yelled at him and insulted his then-wife Kim Kardashian. The two separated in March 2022.
Ye then claimed that Trump “basically started yelling at me at the table and telling me I was going to lose.”
“Has that worked for anyone in history?” You joked.
He added: “That I’m going to lose? Hold on, you’re talking to Ye.
Ye has not officially announced his intention to run, although he has previously noted that he would seek the presidency in 2024.
Trump officially entered the 2024 presidential election, a week after the midterm elections, vowing to “make America great and glorious again.”
“I participate because I believe the world has not yet seen the true glory of what this nation can be. We haven’t reached that pinnacle yet, believe it or not,” Trump said on Nov. 15.
He added: “Just like I promised in 2016, I am your voice. I am your voice. The Washington establishment wants to silence us, but we won’t let them. What we’ve built together over the past six years is the greatest movement in history, because it’s not about politics. It’s about our love for this great country, America, and we’re not going to let it fail.”