US rapper Kanye West believes God wants him to run for president of the United States. The 43-year-old announced in July he was running for the US president’s office and has now claimed it’s his “calling” to be the “leader of the free world”, as he says God “called” him to “take this position”.

He said: “I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world. Even though I’m the pastor for however big my audience is in hip-hop, in music or just as an influencer or celebrity, a dad and a husband in my house – there couldn’t be a better time to put a visionary in the captain’s chair. And that’s not to say we haven’t had visionaries before. I’m not here to down Trump, to down Biden – I’m just here to express why God has called me to take this position.”

Kanye also explained why he registered late as a presidential candidate, claiming that his battle with coronavirus earlier in the year meant he was unable to put together his political campaign in the way he would have wanted.

“Why did I register so late to run for president? COVID. I had the virus and I was sitting in quarantine in my house and my cousin texts me about being prepared to run for president. And I just completely put it off to the side ‘cause I was like shivering and having the shakes and taking hot showers and eating soup. … [Coronavirus] threw everyone off. It threw everybody’s plans off. And then it was just this calling on my heart,” he told the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast:

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