Billionaire rap mogul and long-shot White House hopeful Kanye West has released a 10-point presidential platform, punctuated by Biblical references, incorporating America-first themes, and centered on “Creating a Culture of Life.”
West’s platform was unveiled on his official campaign website on Tuesday, featuring a photo of his 2020 vision board. It prominently displays an image of Jesus Christ, a dove representing peace, and two eagles suggestive of American patriotism, along with the number “46,” as an electoral victory would make him the 46th president of the United States.
His plan mirrors some of President Donald Trump’s policy aims, like restoring the national economy and ending U.S. involvement in endless foreign wars.
“Ensure that we always place Americans’ best interest first and foremost in dealing with foreign affairs. We must project strength, not aggression,” one of the points states, while another calls for “a strong national defense, fully prepared, but not so quick to tie up our country’s young men and women in foreign quagmires that do not advance our national interest, and which last for decades.”
At the top of West’s platform is the call to “restore faith and revive our Constitutional commitment to freedom of religion and the free exercise of one’s faith,” an aim he plans to advance by bringing prayer back into classrooms and exposing learners to “spiritual foundations.” The religious theme featured prominently in his campaign launch last month in South Carolina, when he repeatedly circled back to his faith and broke down in tears when he talked about abortion.
“We are all equal in God’s eyes,” he said. “Sometimes people are controlled by demons, sometimes people are controlled by the environment that we are in but we are all God’s people.”
During a particularly emotional moment at the Charleston event, West revealed he and wife Kim Kardashian once considered terminating a pregnancy but she chose not to based on what he believes was divine intervention.
“And I called my wife and she said, we’re gonna have this baby. I said we’re gonna have this child … So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world when I didn’t want to. She stood up and she protected that child,” he said.
Under West’s leadership, America’s children can expect the “widest possible range of educational and vocational paths to job opportunities and career success,” according to point three of his agenda.
His platform also touches on criminal justice reform, vowing that with West in the Oval Office, the legal system would be reformed in a way to “provide true justice, equitable for all citizens, regardless of race or ability to defend oneself in court.”
Regarding police reform, West’s agenda calls for policing that “treats all Americans the same, regardless of race, color or ethnicity,” while calling on police to concentrate their resources on “real crime.”
West also promises to “take care of the environment, diligently pursuing clean air and water as a national security priority and making renewables top priority.”
The final point of his plan is a nod to his iconic musical career, suggesting that, “Creativity and the Arts can be an important source of innovation and development of other national strengths and resources.”
Some view West’s campaign with suspicion, with a top Democrat recently claiming there’s “no question” his run for the White House is meant to siphon black votes from presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Once a vocal Trump supporter who adorned himself in MAGA apparel, West told Forbes in an interview last month that he no longer backed the president, saying he’s “taking the red hat off.”
Trump last month described West’s campaign as “very interesting.”