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- Trump said in an interview with conservative commentator Mollie Hemingway that Kanye West had “crazy tendencies”.
- West ran for a long candidacy for president in 2020.
- West has teased that he could run again in 2024. Trump too.
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Former President Donald Trump spoke kindly of rapper and fashion designer Kanye West in a series of interviews with conservative political commentator Mollie Hemingway.
But Trump also said that West, who ran for president in 2020, had “crazy tendencies,” according to an excerpt from interviews published Friday in The Federalist.
The comments came during one of three interviews Hemingway had with Trump since he left the White House in January for her upcoming book, Rigged: How The Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.
Speaking to Trump about West’s 2020 presidential candidacy, Hemingway wrote that the former president “had kind words for West but said he had ‘crazy tendencies'”.
Once a vocal supporter of Trump, West made headlines across the country in 2018 when the then president invited him to the Oval Office to discuss gang violence and prison reform. West held up a “Make America Great Again” hat and delivered a nearly 10-minute speech in which he talked about criminal justice reform, his mental health, and how the MAGA hat gave him “power”.
Trump called West’s remarks at the time “quite impressive”.
In April 2020, West was on the news again, hinting that he would likely vote for Trump in the upcoming presidential election. But three months later, West announced in a tweet his own intentions to run as an independent candidate for president.
“I’m pulling off the red hat,” he said in an interview with Forbes in July 2020.
At this point, it was too late in the election cycle for West to appear on the ballot paper in four states. Still, he largely self-funded his offering, spending nearly $ 6 million in the first month of his campaign.
West’s Longshot bid suffered another blow when it was banned from voting in four other states for failing to meet deadlines and electoral requirements. In the end, the award-winning artist was eligible to vote in only 12 states and received around 60,000 votes.
West and Trump could potentially prevail in the next presidential election as both the musician and former president teased the 2024 runs.
A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.