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Is It Possible For Kanye West To Be Charged With Electoral Fraud After All?

Updated: August 10, 2020.

News outlets confirmed in July that Kanye West’s 2020 campaign officially submitted all paperwork needed to appear on election ballots in Missouri and New Jersey. However, not long after the announcement, it was revealed that the rapper’s petition to gain a spot on the states’ presidential ballots were contested by a former Democratic congressional candidate.

According to the Democrat, the petitions submitted by West were “egregiously” deceitful.

West filed nearly 1,300 signatures to get on the ballot.

According to New Jersey’s election rules, independent candidates can earn a spot on the state ballot by filing petitions which include at a minimum of 800 valid signatures.

Salmon claims that the 1,300 signatures obtained by West’s campaign appear to be fake.

“The odds that 30 people in a row from all over the state would have a little circle about the Is is a little hard to believe,” Scott Salmon, a lawyer who wrote to New Jersey’s board of elections in an attempt to challenge West’s petitions, explained to Daily News.

As Salmon points out West’s petition includes dozens of signatures in a row whose handwriting are suspiciously similar. Multiple signatures even included circles over the letter I in their names.

Now, West’s campaign is facing yet another hurdle as he attempts to appear on ballots in November.

According to Vanity Fair, the rapper has filed petitions appealing to appear on the presidential ticket of 10 different states but has only managed to acquire a slot in Oklahoma. While the rapper has many petitions pending review he has “managed to meet the filing deadlines for Illinois and New Jersey, the two states are now throwing West’s eligibility into doubt after both announced that the majority of the signatures submitted as part of his petition are invalid.”

In a report published by NJ.com it was revealed that West’s election campaign pulled his petition to be on the ballot hours before a hearing was scheduled to examine his application’s validity. At the time, elections attorney Scott Salmon told NJ Advance Media that he was “glad to see the Kanye campaign has realized that their petition was not going to survive here. It was so clearly deficient that it wasn’t even worth defending. I think that’s the main takeaway here. I wish it wouldn’t have gotten this far.”

On top of this, a New York Times investigation recently found that Republican activists are working to get West on the ballot. “Mark Jacoby whose company Let the Voters Decide has been collecting signatures in Ohio, West Virginia, and Arkansas,” Vanity Fair reports. “While working for the California Republican Party in 2008, Jacoby was arrested on voter-fraud charges and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Voter-registration fraud carries a penalty of up to three years in prison, according to CBS News.”

Right about now, we’re pretty sure just about everyone misses The Old Kanye.

Over the past few years, the rapper has made it pretty well known that he is no longer an ally of the Black community. Embroiled in controversies since the start of his support for Donald Trump, the record producer, composer, and fashion designer has faced quite a bit of backlash from a community who once saw him as a paragon of Black success.

He began to throw that all away when he first started showing photos of himself wearing “Make America Great Again” hats and praising the racist president’s “dragon energy.” He gained the ire of fans and critics once again in 2018 when he suggested that the enslavement of African Americans in the U.S. had long been a “choice.”

This is all to say that we didn’t think he could do the impossible and insult us further. But recently, the rapper held a presidential rally in which he said the unsayable.

Earlier this month, West made claims during his rally that abolitionist Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves.”

In a comment about one of the most respected figures in U.S. History, West claimed the abolitionist “just had the slaves go work for other white people.”

Tubman was an African American who escaped slavery and famously assisted in giving enslaved Black men and women a chance to escape north to freedom. During this time she led a remarkable thirteen missions for the Underground Railroad to rescue almost seventy slaves. She later became an active supporter of the Suffrage movement. Her actions were not only well- documented but have been praised by researchers, politicians, and educators for decades. West’s words do not rewrite American history or change the impacts she made on it. His words do, however, create a cause for concern.

West’s rally continued to become more bizarre in a moment in which he tearfully made points against abortion.

Speaking about his wife Kim Kardashian, and their first child North, West said that the two had seriously considered terminating their first pregnancy. Speaking about their decision, West claimed that a message from God changed his mind and that his wife had told him in a phone call that they would follow through with the pregnancy.

“So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to,” West explained. “She stood up, and she protected that child.” 

West went on to claim that his late mother, Donda West had also made the decision to not abort him.  “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy,” said West through tears.”I almost killed my daughter,” he cried.

When pressed about his comments about No more Plan B — Plan A,” he went on to clarify saying that he would fight to keep abortion legal. He also outlined a birth option he described as a “maximum increase.”

“The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range,” said West. “If you had opportunity to be given a million dollars, just for being pregnant, would you have considered it? And then everybody would start having children, the greatest gift of life.”

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AOC Is Going To Be Speaking At The Democratic National Convention

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AOC Is Going To Be Speaking At The Democratic National Convention

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The Democratic National Convention is coming up and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been given one of the prime time speaking slots. AOC represents an electorate within the Democratic Party that is desperate for real change and progressive values.

AOC is going to be speaking at the Democratic National Convention and people are pumped.

The Democratic National Convention is happening from August 17 to 20 and the list of speakers is out. AOC, the outspoken congresswoman, is one of the speakers in a prime time spot. The full line up is a wide-ranging swath of politicians including Republican John Kasich.

Speakers will cover both sides of the aisle.

Monday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (a Republican who ran against Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primary) and former first lady Michelle Obama

Tuesday: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former President Bill Clinton and Jill Biden, the candidate’s spouse.

Wednesday: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former President Barack Obama and the yet-unnamed vice presidential nominee.

Thursday: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Biden family and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Sen. Harris was recently announced as the vice-presidential nominee. This would mean that someone else would replace her on Thursday night. Rumors are circulating that it could be either Susan Rice or Stacey Abrams.

The DNC is receiving praise for offering up the slate of speakers.

The DNC is a virtual event this year because of Covid-19. If you want to watch the convention from August 17-20, you can watch it here. You can also check out the full schedule here so you know what you want to see.

READ: Joe Biden Calls Kamala Harris A ‘Fearless Fighter’ After Tapping Her To Be His Running Mate

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Joe Biden Calls Kamala Harris A ‘Fearless Fighter’ After Tapping Her To Be His Running Mate

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Joe Biden Calls Kamala Harris A ‘Fearless Fighter’ After Tapping Her To Be His Running Mate

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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