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Twitter Removes Kanye West Tweet

16 September, 2020

On Wednesday afternoon, Twitter removed a tweet from Kanye West. He joins Donald Trump as the second US presidential candidate to have a post removed for violating the social media platform’s rules.

The tweet that was removed called Randall Lane, the chief content officer and editor of Forbes Magazine, a "white supremacist" and included his personal phone number, which is against a Twitter rule that prohibits the public posting of personal information on the service.

West's presidential campaign is seen as more of an attempt to siphon black votes away from the Democrats in the November election than as a legitimate attempt to win the office. West hasn't made any campaign appearances since he announced his run and many of the attempts to get his name on state ballots around the country have been organized by lawyers and businesspeople associated with the Republican Party and/or with the Trump for President campaign.

Also, in a string of Tweets on Wednesday regarding his recording deals, West uploaded his alleged Universal Records contracts and once again referred to the music industry as "modern-day slavery."  IN the tweets, he repeatedly asked for the right to buy his masters, which he said he could afford to buy.

Wisconsin Election Officials Keep Kanye West Off Presidential Ballot

20 August, 2020

Rapper/entrepreneur Kanye West's sorta presidential campaign took another hit on Thursday when Wisconsin election officials decided Thursday kept his name off of the ballot.

West announced in July that he was running for president on Twitter, but his campaign has faced a number of challenges, including a seeming lackluster interest in the campaign from the candidate.

His campaign missed filing deadlines in several key states and he hasn't made a campaign appearance in more than a month.

In the case of Wisconsin's ballot, the controversy entered around whether his campaign had delivered the 2,000 necessary signatures required by the deadline required by state law. 

Signatures were to be delivered to the main Wisconsin Elections Commission office by 5:00 p.m. local time on August 4th. The signatures were delivered less than a minute past the deadline, prompting West campaign attorney Michael Curren to argue that the signatures would have gotten to the office on time, except that COVID-19 restrictions slowed down the delivery.

In the end, the commission voted 5-1 against West and his campaign.

"This is one of the closest call cases I've seen but consistency requires me to treat all candidates the same, regardless of their party or their color or any other characteristics," Commissioner Dean Knduson, a Republican, said. "I think the complainants have (presented clear) evidence that he was late."