Billionaire rap artist/music producer and long shot White House hopeful Kanye West is being sued to keep his name off the Nov. 3 ballots in Arizona and Virginia, according to reports.
An Arizona resident sued to have West barred from appearing on the state's ballot, accusing him of serving as an election spoiler and arguing that a law prohibits him from running in the state as an independent presidential candidate because he's a registered Republican.
Attorney Tim LaSota, who represents West in the Arizona challenge, dismissed claims that West is trying to be a spoiler aimed at hurting Biden’s chances in Arizona.
“That’s just political hyperbole,” LaSota said. “I don’t want to get into the politics of it. But obviously I think there is a lot to be achieved by someone else running for president.”
LaSota described the lawsuit as a “last-ditch effort on the eve of the [signature filing deadline] to deprive voters of a choice.”
West, who once backed President Donald Trump, announced in July that he had broken with Trump and would launch his own presidential bid. He's made it on the ballots in a number of states, including Arkansas, Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, and Vermont.
Last month, West released a 10-point presidential platform, punctuated by biblical references, incorporating America-first themes, and centered on “Creating a Culture of Life.”
His plan mirrors some of Trump’s policy aims, such as restoring the national economy and ending U.S. involvement in endless foreign wars.