An eye-opening story was reported this evening. From CNN:
Republican operatives, some with ties to President Donald Trump, are actively helping Kanye West get on presidential general election ballots in states ranging from Vermont to Arkansas to Wisconsin.
The effort is raising questions about whether Republicans are pushing for the rapper’s addition to the ballot as a way to potentially siphon voters from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
State Rep. David Bowen (D-WI) representing Milwaukee told, “Thankfully the Trump team is showing their cards that the real force driving Kanye West to run is not people but Trump. This is clearly a targeted effort by Republican operatives to cause confusion and problems for typically Democratic voters on Election Day.”
In addition, “It’s sad to see a popular music artist like Kanye be used as a pawn to trick his own people & fans to vote for a fake campaign.”
As for his efforts in Wisconsin, the state Republican Party, in a statement cheered West’s addition to the ballot and longtime GOP lawyer Lane Ruhland’s involvement. “It appears that the Kanye West campaign made a smart decision by hiring an experienced election attorney. We welcome Kanye West and all other candidates who qualified for ballot access to the race, and look forward to delivering Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes to President Trump,” Party spokeswoman Alesha Guenther announced.
Lt. governor of Wisconsin Mandela Barnes tweeted on Wednesday that West’s efforts are “as big a circus as it looks.” And expressed, “A dark twisted fantasy, if you will. A distraction, this is what desperation looks like.”
Cavalier Johnson, president of common council in Milwaukee argued the West inclusion was a “plan to trick enough Black people in Wisconsin to vote for @kanyewest to siphon votes from @JoeBiden.”
“They’ve decided to take advantage of a man with a large following and a mental health disorder for political gain. This is shameful, pitiful, and not surprising. This ruse will only galvanize African Americans and allies in Milwaukee and across the state to vote for @JoeBiden and end Donald Trump’s executive time plotting at the White House.”
Though Trump and co tell a different tale. “I like Kanye very much,” the president said Wednesday evening. “I have nothing to do with him being on the ballot. I’m not involved.”
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh also denied any knowledge of West’s efforts. “There’s no conflict to waive but we have no knowledge of anything Kanye West is doing or who is doing it for him.”