An adviser to rapper Kanye West, who announced he was running for president in 2020 earlier this month, said that he will no longer run.
"We had overwhelming support to get him on the ballot," he said of attempts to get West on ballots in Florida and South Carolina.
“I have nothing good or bad to say about Kanye. 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," Kramer said.
On July 4, West said he was running for the nation's highest office, which was publicly supported by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Twitter.
"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!" West wrote.
However, the deadline for him to file with the Federal Election Commission already passed in several states.
In the interview, West said he no longer supports President Donald Trump and added that former Vice President Joe Biden isn't "special," adding: "And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama’s special. Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special."
West said he is pro-life, pro-prayer in schools, and anti-death penalty, adding that he will run as an independent. He mentioned in the interview that it may be called the "Birthday Party."
"'I was threatened as a black man into the Democratic Party. And that’s what the Democrats are doing, emotionally, to my people. 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," he added, possibly referring to comments that Biden had made on a radio show that African Americans "ain't black" if they don't vote for Democrats. Biden later apologized for the remark.
Trump brushed off West's comments last week.
A representative for West hasn't yet responded for a comment.