Kanye West Says Expecting Black People to Be Democrats Is 'White Supremacy'

Kanye West has said it is a form of racism and "white supremacy" to say that all Black people need to be Democrat voters.

The rapper told Forbes in a wide-ranging interview that it was also "white control" to assume that his floated run for the presidency this year was an effort to split the vote and secure President Donald Trump's re-election.

Although he has not yet filed paperwork required to enter the 2020 presidential race, West announced that he intended to run in a July 4 weekend tweet backed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Speaking to Forbes in the wake of his announcement, West said: "That is a form of racism and white supremacy and white control to say that all Black people need to be Democrat and to assume that me running is me splitting the vote."

Kanye West at Vanity Fair Party
Kanye West attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Taylor Hil/FilmMagic via Getty Images

The rapper later claimed that he had been "threatened" and told his music career would have been over if he voted for Trump.

"I was threatened as a Black man into the Democratic party. And that's what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people," he said. "Threatening them to the point where this white man can tell a Black man if you don't vote for me, you're not Black."

West appeared to be alluding to Joe Biden's appearance on The Breakfast Club show in May. The Democratic nominee told host Charlamagne Tha God, "If you have a problem figuring out if you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."

"A lot of times just like political parties they feel all Blacks have to be Democrat. This man, Joe Biden, said if you don't vote for me, then you are not Black," West told Forbes.

"Well, act like we didn't hear that? We act like we didn't hear that man say that? That man said that."

The musician also had a more general criticism of Biden, arguing that the former vice president was "not special" in comparison to Trump and himself.

Newsweek has contacted the Biden 2020 campaign for comment. This article will be updated with any response.

West has repeatedly hinted that he could run for president over the past few years, and seemed to suggest in January last year that he would be competing for the Oval Office in 2024.

He declared fresh interest in running for the presidency this year with just four months to go until polling day, meaning he has already missed the deadline to get on the ballot in several key states.

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