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GOP Operatives Push Green Party, Kanye West Ballot Lines

Third-party candidates played a major role in Donald Trump's election in 2016, siphoning off voters from Hillary Clinton and helping Trump eke out wins by the narrowest of margins in enough swing states to hand him a victory — even as he lost the popular vote by three million ballots.

Four years later, with Trump down in the polls and facing the possibility of defeat, Republican operatives are making a last-ditch effort to try to recreate that same third-party effect, and are playing a behind-the-scenes role in numerous states to get Kanye West and Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins onto state ballots.

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Wisconsin Officials Toss Kanye West Off 2020 Ballot

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has tossed rapper Kanye West from the state's presidential ballot, saying in a 5-1 decision on Thursday that he missed the deadline by one minute and thus was disqualified, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

West's bid appeared to be an effort by Republicans to try to siphon voters from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — who is looking to win back the state after Trump carried it in 2016 by just over 20,000 votes.

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GOP Operatives Push To Place Kanye West On Presidential Ballots

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

In 2018 and 2019, Kanye West was President Donald Trump's most prominent supporter in the hip-hop community, sometimes inspiring criticism from other rappers who considered the president overtly racist. But on July 4, West tweeted that he planned to run for president — running against Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden in the general election. And according to reporting from the New York Times and CNN, some Republican operatives have been trying to help West get on the presidential ballot in various states.

One of the GOP operatives cited by reporters Maggie Haberman and Danny Hakim in the Times is Mark Jacoby, who they describe as "an executive at a company called Let the Voters Decide." Jacoby, they note, "has been collecting signatures for the West campaign" in Ohio, West Virginia and Arkansas.

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SNL Cold Open: Trump’s Newest Adviser Is ‘Stable Genius’ Kanye

Even clever SNL writers must have puzzled over how to satirize Kanye West’s bizarre Oval Office visit — with football great Jim Brown in tow — where he ranted breathlessly about his #MAGA cap, the 13th Amendment, and various conspiracy theories. And then they realized that the funniest way to comment on Kanye’s self-parody would be to imagine what went on in the minds of Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) and Brown (Kenan Thompson) as they watched West (Chris Redd) melt down.

As Kanye declares that the MAGA hat gave him powers like Superman, Brown muses “Superman didn’t wear a hat, you idiot.” And Trump notices instantly that Kanye “doesn’t listen to anyone but himself. Who does he remind me of?” But when Kanye declares himself a “stable genius” who uses “the best words,” the president realizes, “He’s black me!”

Trump’s ruinous presidency is still SNL gold.