West is running as a presidential candidate not as a Democrat but for the People’s Party, which describes itself as a “major new independent party that will guarantee health care, housing, quality education, and peace to all.”
“In these times, I have decided to run for truth and justice which takes the form of running for President of the United States as a candidate for the People’s Party,” West said in an announcement video posted to social media, explaining that the presidency is “one vehicle to pursuit of a truth and justice.”
“I come from a tradition where I care about you,” West said, listing some of his positions such as free health care and access to abortion.
“I care about the quality of your life. I care about whether you have access to a job with a living wage, decent housing, women having control over their bodies, health care for all, de-escalating the destruction of the planet, the destruction of American democracy,” he said. “Democracy creates disruption.”
West explained that he is not talking about “hating” anybody but “loving” and “affirming” and “empowering” those who “have been pushed to the margins, because neither political party wants to tell the truth about Wall Street, about Ukraine, about the Pentagon, about Big Tech.”
The video cut to a clip of West speaking to Bill Maher, in which West labeled Trump a “neo-fascist” and President Biden a “milquetoast neo-liberal.”
“Do we have what it takes? We shall see,” West added.
Indeed we shall.