Kanye West, the billionaire rapper and long-shot White House hopeful, announced his 10-point presidential platform that includes restoring prayer in classrooms, reforming the police, seeking racial justice in the courts and promoting “Creativity and the Arts.”
West, who launched his presidential bid on July 4 under the “Birthday Party,” punctuated each of his 2020 presidential plans with his interpretation of biblical phrases on his campaign website.
The list begins with “Creating a Culture of Life” and calls for restoring faith and reviving the “Constitutional commitment to freedom of religion and the free exercise of one’s faith.”
West, 43, said that would be “demonstrated by restoring prayer in the classroom including spiritual foundations.”
The “Jesus Walks” singer included a biblical phrase from Psalm 78:4 – “We will not hide the truth from our children, but will declare to the next generation His praises and wonder.”
West, who is married to reality-show star Kim Kardashian, said he would provide leadership to “restructure our country’s education system to serve the most at-risk and vulnerable populations” and called for the “widest possible range of educational and vocational paths to job opportunities and career success.”
The rapper, who met with President Trump in the Oval Office to discuss criminal justice reform, said he would reform the legal system to “prove true justice, equitable for all citizens, regardless of race or ability to defend oneself in court.”
“There will not be differing weights and differing measures,” he wrote, citing Proverbs 20:10.
On police reform, West called for policing that “treats all Americans the same, regardless of race, color or ethnicity,” while urging police to focus resources on “real crime.”
“Eliminate federal sentencing guidelines that tie the hands of judges, resulting in ridiculous sentences for the most minor offenses,” part of the platform said.
On foreign affairs and national defense, West said he backs putting Americans’ “best interest first” and “project strength, not aggression.”
He said he opposed sending the country’s young men and women to “foreign quagmires that do not advance our national interest, and which last for decades.” Adding, “Through God we shall do valiantly. Psalm 60:12”
He supports using faith-based groups to provide “local services” and suggested, “Creativity and the Arts can be an important source of innovation and development of other national strengths and resources.”
West faces a difficult road ahead in his presidential bid because his campaign has already missed deadlines in a number of states to appear on the ballot – making it unlikely that he would be able to amass the delegates to win the race.
In an interview last month in Forbes, West said he was no longer a supporter of President Trump, saying he’s “taking the red hat off.”
He also said he wasn’t bothered by the notion that his campaign would pull black votes from former Vice President Joe Biden and ultimately help Trump.
“I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy,” he said.
Source: New York Post
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