As the general election approaches, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has newly been reported to have recently met with Kanye West, the rapper who has launched an attempt to get on the ballot as a presidential candidate in at least some states. Although West’s attempt at a candidacy has not been exactly successful — he has missed the deadline to get on the ballot in many states — his supposed presidential bid has some observers concerned about the rapper potentially drawing votes away from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. West, for his part, “did not deny that he is acting as a spoiler to damage the Biden campaign” in a recent interview, The New York Times reports.
As for West’s meeting with Kushner, the Times adds:
‘The meeting took place in Colorado, where Mr. Kushner was traveling with his wife, Ivanka Trump, those familiar with the meeting said. Mr. West had been camping in Colorado with his family, and afterward flew to Telluride to meet with Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump, but was not accompanied by his wife, Kim Kardashian West, those with knowledge of the meeting said.’
"President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, met privately last weekend with Kanye West, the rapper who has filed petitions to get on the November ballots for president in several states." https://t.co/4qMgJkn8o5
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 12, 2020
After the Times apparently got in touch with West, he tweeted that he was “willing to do a live interview with the New York [Times] about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr Claude Anderson’s book Powernomics.” The paper says that they subsequently conducted a “brief follow-up interview” with the high-profile rapper, but in that interaction, West apparently did not provide follow-up information about his meeting with Kushner.
West has previously supported Trump. At one point, he even met with Trump in the Oval Office as part of advocacy on the part of West and his wife for criminal justice reform-related issues. More recently, West claimed to Forbes that he was “taking the red hat off,” thereby suggesting that he’s no longer a Trump supporter. West has apparently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and some observers have pointed this out in the wake of the rapper’s recently troubling behavior surrounding his supposed presidential run.