Kanye West has said he is open to a return to politics and emphasized that he had not been deterred by his failed 2020 presidential bid.
The rapper, whose father battled stomach cancer in 2018, said he plans to work to cure the disease.
He said he would work to promote “fresh air and food.”
In October 2018, West said his father Ray’s cancer was in remission and he was on a strange diet to celebrate.
“Overcome fear,” Kanye captioned a photo on Instagram showing the insects. “My father and I are going to eat this plate of insects to celebrate his defeat of cancer. No more fear.’
He discussed his co-parenting with ex-wife Kim Kardashian in the extended interview, saying they clashed over certain issues but was working to resolve them.
Asked on Thursday if he had any future political aspirations, West replied: “Yes, absolutely.
“You know, that time was not in God’s time. I’m sure lives have been saved.
“I’m sure God has let me fall in the sword and say this is not the time,” he told ABC News on Thursday evening.
“But he is a savior. He’s given me this oxygen, he’s given me this platform, he’s put great people around me.
“He has given me new goals. A new lease of life. New air to breathe. And a new respect.’
He added that he spent time with Jared Kushner.
Kanye West spoke to ABC News in an interview viewed Thursday night
“His brother said he’d kill him if he went back to the White House. That’s the answer,” West replied, when asked if that was a genuine friendship or a political move.
West said he had met Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and thought “he would be a really good president too.”
Linsey Davis asked, “Besides you?”
West replied with a smile.
Davis asked him if he thought social media was helpful or harmful to him.
In a series of Instagram posts last month, the rapper — who has been open about his diagnosis of bipolar disorder and ongoing struggles with mental illness — accused Kardashian of trying to control their children’s lives and education.
West said he thought social media could be helpful and harmful.
“That’s one of my favorite questions of this interview,” West said.
“We can use a car to take someone to the hospital. Or we could use a car and accidentally hit someone while taking someone to the hospital.
“It’s about how we use it.”
West, 45, was asked by Linsey Davis about his relationship with social media
Davis asked if he thought social media was helpful or harmful to him?
West and Kardashian have four children together: North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm
West was asked about his parenting style and what it was like to co-parent with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
She filed for divorce in February 2021 and their divorce was finalized in June of this year.
The couple share four children – daughter North, nine; six-year-old son Saint; daughter Chicago, four, and three-year-old son Psalm.
“I have a voice, and I don’t agree with certain things, as a father and as a Christian,” he said.
“I have a right to have a say in what my kids wear, what they look at, what they eat.”
His comments come weeks after he accused his ex-wife and Hulu, the streaming giant of the Kardashian family, of chasing him in choosing where the kids go to school.
He compared himself to a sperm donor, claimed he hadn’t had a say, and was furious that the kids went to an expensive private school in Los Angeles when he wanted them to go to his school, the Donda Academy. in honor of his late mother.
“I have a podium and I get to say what so many dads can’t say out loud. There are so many situations where an entire family can go and basically take control of the kids.
“I know so many people who have beaten me out of Chicago and say, ‘Yo, I just went through the same thing as you.
“People call me and say ‘hey, are you okay? And I’m like, well, I’m fine now because I said something. But I was not okay with the situation before, so I said something.
Kardashian dated comedian Pete Davidson after her split from West. The couple broke up earlier this year
And there are little nuances of what happened before at Gap. What happened at Adidas. And what happened at home.
“It was all contempt for what I co-created.
‘I helped the children. I co-created the product at Adidas. I co-created the product at Gap.
“And I let everyone know that there is actually a through line, a parallel.
‘And that touches on discrimination.’
In a conversation he shared on Instagram, he accused Kardashian of disrespecting him for being “half white.”
“You guys don’t have that much about my black kids and where they go to school,” he wrote in a message.
However, the Chicago-born musician and businessman said on Thursday that he had a “new respect” for Kardashian and that he always wanted her to be “calm.”
“This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for all the stress I have caused, even in my frustration, because God is calling me to be stronger,” he said.
“I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to raise those kids at the end of the day.”
West posted screenshots of his text conversations with his ex-wife, where she begged him to stop calling her mom, Kris Jenner, and to stop airing their dirty laundry.
He wrote something that resembled a poem alluding to the Kardashians on Hulu, as he talked more about his mental health and his children’s school.
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In Donda, he said that children “spread” and “sing” the gospel.
He added that his goal was “to build a school that gives children the practical tools they need in the world.”
He said in an interview earlier this month that he wanted to teach kids about space travel in a shoutout to Elon Musk.
‘We have to take self-confidence into account. So many schools take away the confidence that these future leaders have for themselves.
“Those less confident leaders lead on lies, as opposed to the truth first.
“We have to educate the critical masses about esteem, about religions – all religions. We need to educate the critical masses about yoga, financial literacy, we need to release information.
‘We need to teach physics – how do things actually work? How do pipes and water actually work? Our school revolves around technology.’
On Thursday, West vowed to continue his legal battle with Adidas and Gap, saying, “We’ve got new lawyers… we really had to step up and really show them who’s the new boss in town.”
He was confronted by the infamous 2013 video where he let go of journalist Sway Calloway, who innocently asked him why he didn’t launch the clothing and shoe brand on his own.
In the clip, Kanye was furious: “You don’t have the answers, Sway!”
On Thursday, he admitted that he had been right all along.
“You know what, I’d go ahead and say SWAY had the answer. People will say ‘no!”
West has been open about his bipolar diagnosis in the past.
In a candid 2019 interview with David Letterman for his Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, he explained how he felt during manic episodes.
‘You have this moment’ [where] you feel that everyone wants to kill you. You hardly trust anyone.
“When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything, everyone.
‘This is my experience, other people have different experiences. Everyone is now an actor. Everything is a conspiracy.
‘You feel that the government is putting chips in your head. You feel that you are being included.
“You feel all these things.”
At the time, he advocated taking daily medication.
“If you don’t take medicine every day to keep you in a certain condition, you have a potential to take off and it can take you to a point where you could even end up in the hospital.”
“And you’re going to act erratic, as TMZ would say.”