WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kayne West’s presidential bid in New Jersey is being challenged by an election law attorney who accuses the rapper of fraud.
- Lawyer Scott Salmon, a registered Democrat, alleged that more than 600 of Kanye’s petition signatures appear to be fake and from the same hand.
- Some political analysts think Kanye could draw some votes of young people and people of color away from Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat nominee.
There’s trouble brewing in Kanye West’s ‘Birthday Party.’
The rapper’s petitions to win a spot on the presidential ballot in New Jersey have been challenged by a former Democratic congressional candidate. Scott Salmon, a lawyer, says the petition signatures are “egregiously” fraudulent.
“The odds that 30 people in a row from all over the state would have a little circle about the Is is a little hard to believe,” Salmon wrote to the Garden State board of elections to challenge West’s petitions.
Kanye insists he is serious about running for president and his White House bid is not a publicity stunt for his new album. The entertainer’s history of mental health problems is getting in the way, though, after he broke down in tears during his first-ever campaign rally in South Carolina.
Independent candidates can win a spot on the New Jersey ballot by filing petitions with at least 800 valid signatures.
Yeezy filed about 1,300 signatures which Salmon says many appear to be fake.
Kanye once praised President Donald Trump and said the two share “dragon energy.” He was also very vocal about his support for the incumbent president. Recently, Kanye told Forbes that he is “taking the red hat off” — a reference to Trump’s trademark red “Make America Great Again” cap.
Several political analysts say Kanye could draw some votes of young people and people of color away from Trump’s rival, Joe Biden — the presumptive Democrat nominee.