After suddenly announcing that he was making a bid for the White House, Kanye West has reportedly dropped out of the 2020 US presidential race.
According to a report in New York Magazine’s Intelligencer, Steve Kramer, a member of the celebrity rapper’s campaign team, has confirmed “he’s out” of the 2020 race.
Kramer told reporter Ben Jacobs: “I’ll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff cancelled.”
However, the waters were muddied by West shortly after the reporter’s conversation with Kramer, after the rapper posted a video to Twitter showing him registering to vote in Wyoming.
“I want to show you how I just registered to vote,” he says in the video, which is captioned, “I thank God and I am so humbled at the opportunity to serve.”
West, a conservative Republican and vocal Trump supporter, made headlines on July 4 – Independence Day in the US – by announcing he was throwing his hat in the ring.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” he tweeted at the time.
“I am running for president of the United States! #2020 VISION.”
In a Forbes interview last week, West said he no longer supported Trump and was “taking off the red hat”, a reference to the red Make America Great Again baseball cap worn by Trump supporters.
Kramer told Intelligencer that West’s campaign had been serious and about 180 staff working for the rapper in Florida would now have to be laid off.
According to a presidential poll on Tuesday, West had support from just two percent of American voters.
West has voiced some controversial views in recent times.
He is a vocal anti-vaxxer and anti-abortionist.
Recently, he took to Twitter to post – but later deleted – images of unborn foetuses with the caption: “These souls deserve to live.”
While many thought West might have been having a lark, Kramer said West’s ambitions had been genuine.
This is despite gossip site TMZ reporting West’s family was concerned his announcement of a presidential bid had been the result of a bipolar episode.
“I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye,” he said.
“Everyone has their personal decision about why they make decisions.
“Running for president has to be one of the hardest things for someone to actually contemplate at that level.”