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‘The Okey Doke’: John Legend Addresses Report That Republican Operatives Are Helping Kanye West Get on the Presidential Ballot

John Legend seems to believe that Kanye West running as a third-party candidate in the current presidential election is being backed by Donald Trump supporters who want to steal votes away from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Legend addressed the issue on Twitter, Wednesday, Aug. 5, one day after The New York Times reported that Republican operatives are helping West get on the ballot in several states.

John Legend (left) commented on a report that says Republican operatives are helping Kanye West (right) get on the presidential ballot. (Photo: Matthew Simmons / WireImage via Getty Images)

Legend, who’s been friends and a longtime collaborator of the Chicago producer, first tweeted a message about him on Tuesday, Aug. 4, that said, “Just in case anyone needs some clarity around what’s happening here.”

The singer and pianist then retweeted a report from Vice News that said Lane Ruhland, a lawyer who works for the Trump campaign, is one of the people helping West with his presidential run.

“A little update, the GOP lawyer who helped @kanyewest get on the ballot in Wisconsin is actively working for @realDonaldTrump’s campaign. She’s the lawyer of record in their lawsuit to try to get a @prioritiesUSA anti-Trump ad pulled,” read the Vice News message.

Legend followed up that tweet by writing, “Anyway…. Anyone reckless and/or misinformed enough to fall for the okey doke probably wasn’t voting for Biden (or voting at all).”

West has been a loyal supporter of Trump and his presidency since Trump won in 2016 but said last month in an interview that he no longer supports him because his presidency “looks like one big mess.”

The rapper announced that he was running for president last month, however, he’s already missed deadlines to get on the ballot in several states. But on Wednesday, Aug. 5, signatures were filed on his behalf to get on the ballot in Wisconsin and Ohio, two key swing states.

Trump has already addressed the possibility of West affecting the election when he responded to a reporter who tweeted that, “Kanye could be trying to siphon Black votes away from Biden.”

“That shouldn’t be hard,” Trump responded. “Corrupt Joe has done nothing good for Black people!”

But on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at a White House briefing, Trump denied that he encouraged anyone in the GOP to help West get on the ballot, while also talking about how fond he is of him.

“No, not at all,” Trump said about assisting the famed producer. “I get along with him very well. I like him. I like his wife. … [Kim’s] got a good heart, very good heart. And I like Kanye very much, but no, I have nothing to do with him getting on the ballot. We’ll have to see what happens. We’ll see if he gets on the ballot. But I’m not involved.”

Besides Ruhland being mentioned as one of Trump’s supporters helping West, The New York Times mentions others, including Chuck Wilson from Vermont, who’s listed as a convention delegate for Trump.

Rachel George, a Republican operative, is also helping West get on the ballot in Colorado.

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43 thoughts on “‘The Okey Doke’: John Legend Addresses Report That Republican Operatives Are Helping Kanye West Get on the Presidential Ballot

  1. Why is it only in the key states where trump will lose their is need for Kanye to be on the ballot. I smell fish and it’s very stink . Trump never knows about anything yet . Always playing the innocent victim.

  2. Sarah says:

    One hundred percent believe this idea is fact we won’t ever know but Trump manipulate everyone even Kanye

  3. Steven Rosario says:

    Donald and his trumpETES are trying g to do SNYTHING they can to win in 2020 so they can keep LINING their own pockets
    I believe he and his administration will go down in history as running the BIGGEST PONZI SCHEME in american history

  4. Jerri Thompson says:

    Only a fool.would vote for Kanye. What experience does he have to run a country. Money does not mean you can run a country, it means you can buy a vote. They would love to break his bank. He is probably under some strong hypnosis from the doctor his wife called. Well he will only split the Republican ticket because he cannot run as a democrat and what does he have to offer the independents? When does he get to debate? He is trying to create something he believes his children can look.back.on. Sad existence for the West children.

  5. Joyce Wells says:

    Voting for Kanye is like voting for Dump.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hahaha hahaha hahaha
    WHY?????? So Y’all Gonna Pull Out The Devil To Put In A Demon!!!!! I’m Going To Say It Again WHY?!!!!!

  7. Satchel Breed says:

    The Kardashians need a story line, they are using him. Kanye is a very sick man tool for Trump he and his trashy family should be boycotted, he’s a slave totally opposite of what he raps about, Boycott take away his money you’re helping support his campaign. He’s a house N.

  8. Bill Tillman says:

    Black people, nor anyone else with brains, will not vote for a diagnoses bi-polar idiot.

  9. Ralph says:

    Your helping defund the police and BLM without no thought of breaking families up but don’t show up on black on black crime you suck

  10. Carolyn Austin says:

    Donald Trump is a snake and whether a snake is petted or killed, it’s still a snake, and does what a snake does ,and poor kanye west. just a screwed up pawn. since losing his mom. I’m praying for you and Trump , cause you both need help.

  11. Kristy Sivits says:

    I think Trump Supports are behind a large amount of the unrest so he can declare a martial law and stop the election. He feels very threatened by the up-coming election

  12. Lisa Smith says:

    Yes. John you are correct. Hopefully Kanye will come to his senses and drop out since he is getting played . Black folks know this is Trump’s backing 100%

  13. Anonymous says:

    I am outraged that he contiues to undermine democracy with his determination to keep power, he desires power, so can manipulate people, hurt people with his vindictive spirit. I pray that his eyes will be open spiritually. I PRAYhe will recognize the value and worth of all of God’s children. You cannot believe a word he says. SHAME SHAME!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    He’s an idiot, Trump University?

  15. Walter Long says:

    I appreciate high visibility individuals such as John Legend having the courage to step up and talk about the obvious reason for Kanye West’s run. Informing those that need clarification of the reason behind such a diversion of votes is needed on all levels. No doubt this is just one of many desperate moves to subvert the people’s will. We must be vigilant to avoid another 4 years of Trump.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Stay woke people

  17. John Mutphy says:

    John Legends shouldn’t be taking part in politics. His fans are part of all political parties. He is loosing fans especially patriotic tax paying fans. Anyone that supports Democrats and Biden are supporting more taxes and Socialism for the US.

  18. Oz says:

    I am not surprised

  19. Anonymous says:

    Good. I hope he does steal votes from worthless Joe biden. Maga

  20. Barbara Durousseau says:

    So sick of people trying to keep Trump in office. They know he don’t know anything about being a president, The is incapable of doing his job.Death rates are at an all time high. Yet he says It is what it is.were in a crisis. We need a leader not a lier

  21. Shan Brown says:

    Luckily the genre that would vote for Kanye probably don’t go out and vote anyway.

  22. Barbara Meeks says:

    Trump is definitely helping Kanye West.

  23. Matt says:

    People have to understand one thing. People who vote for Kanye in 2020 will vote for him for the same reason they voted for Trump in 2016. They will vote for Kanye because he’s an outsider. He will actually steal voters from Trump not Biden. But in Trump’s racist head he sees it as if you put a black independent out there and all the black people who were gonna vote for Trump and Biden will not all flock to Kanye. Yes Trump is that racist as is the Republican Party. Trump will see it as with all the black voters voting for Kanye that Trump has an easy win. He already thinks LatinX people support him over Biden. He has even said most LatinX want the wall. Now we all know that’s not true but in his mind it is. He also thinks his ads that portray Suburban women as defenseless housewives in need of police to protect them will sure up the suburban woman vote and his ads portraying elderly voters as fragile will help him keep the elderly vote. Those are both views of someone living in the 50’s. And in the end those ads will do more harm to Trump than good but no one in ad campaign or FOX is gonna tell him that. Remember FOX thinks Biden picking a black female VP is “prolly illegal”. But according to the person who has predicted every president correctly since 1984, Biden was gonna already beat Trump and he said that if a third party candidate gets any true traction that it will work against the sitting president not against the one running against the president.

  24. SC Bella says:

    I think people have fail to realize that the people who we consider celebrities especially those one with a heart are starting to use their platform in a lot of different ways. They really aren’t worry about upsetting people because ultimately they know that sometimes you have to rattle cages to make a statement so for those who say John shouldn’t have said nothing well obviously you haven’t realize Hollywood ain’t ran by politics and our black actors, actresses and musicians have finally had enough

  25. Mary Gerardy says:

    Instead of just lashing out at Trump and the Republican Party you need to play fair and unleash your ugly comments on Biden and the Democrats as well. Everyone needs to open their eyes and ears and not just their mouths.

  26. Susan Keen says:

    I do not know what to make of it. It is possible that Kanye feels that Trump is helping our country, but his message is lost from the way he is received. The country is split. So if Biden can run as someone afflicted with cognitive issues, Kanye ptobably feels he can equally qualify with bipolar syndrome and as a BLM activist, adding more to the mix than going back to the same old politics as usual Biden.

  27. Anonymous says:

    God bless both of them, God already knows what best, and he will prevail and he still sits on the thrones. He who loses sight of God loses sight of himself. 🙏🏽👍🏽😇✝️

  28. Ester Stallworth says:

    No No No he can’t handle running USA , We don’t need another disaster, We need a President that knows what it takes to run the USA, that’s fair and see the people not the color of their skin..but justice for all.

  29. Caliana says:

    I’m for Biden Trump is a racist and he tries to take everything from blacks n him .this cronies pockets get fat he’s a thief n you are stupid to vote him back in that’s my opinion

  30. Anonymous says:

    All you Trumpers are delusional , racists disgusting people just like the ignorant Trump clown

  31. Anonymous says:

    Kanye don’t be tricked into hurting your own people, and your family,these people don’t care about you,fight to get your name out of their shadow, and off there life not more than lies,is peace better than pain,i think we suffered enough don’t you,don’t you.

  32. Anonymous says:

    So sad

  33. Phyllis says:

    It’s all a trump trick to steal votes from Joe Biden. VOTER BEWARE!!!! Trump will do ANY THING to try to win because it will either be win or go to jail or leave our country that has a no extradition policy. Would be ok to me if he didn’t EVER come back here!!!

  34. Nancylee Townsend says:

    Creating something for his children to look back on? How about inheriting his bi-polar mental state? Kim sure knows how to pick em..!!!!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Get real people! This is getting stupid! U can’t think of any body better than Kanye West! Ya’all have just showed how messed up u really are if he is the best u have. I would rather u said Morgan Freeman or anyone else who has a lack of sense about them

  36. Christy says:

    Let them keep thinking they can play us! We want our lives back and we ain’t playing wit them! 45 is done! You think cause you have money that’s gonna keep me from voting? You stick your nose in the air when you see poor and all ppl who are suffering and think we are ignorant and can’t see what you are doing? You better think more and say less cause we got your number November 3rd…..

  37. Rosemarie says:

    As far as I can see, Kanye needs help. He’s just side barring the votes for Donald T. Wasting people efforts the love they have for him. He shoots off in inexplicable lingo commanding people to shut up and don’t speak. Let him go take a nap by his mothers grave and check himself into and infirmary for mental health care. I pray he’ll come out better,

  38. Anonymous says:

    Trump 2020🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷🇱🇷

  39. Evelyn says:

    Trump and Russia is behind him running. Russia is interfering with the election because Trump is their man their puppet I pray People can see through his bs lies and get his ass out of Washington. He represents Donald that’s it. He wants to be our dictator. Russia is laughing their ass off knowing they can interfere in the elections and split our country.

  40. Desiree says:

    John Legend is always putting Trump down just because he doesn’t like him who cares .Kayne West is respected by Trump
    and he has always found him to be unbiased.Legends singing isn’t all that great nor is his personality of I’m. Better than everyone.Just stop with all this B.S. Spend real time at home with your family!!!!!!

  41. Barbra says:

    Hey John I’d be more concerned about Chrissy’s comments and tweets regarding little children. Disgusting

  42. R Meyers says:

    If you vote for Biden say goodbye to your freedom . He is for open borders, he will take your guns away and chip you like a dog. The chip will control how much you can live on by the government!! ITS CALLED SOCIALISM!! Please don’t be stupid ! Save our country! VOTE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP ❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️

  43. CQ says:

    Losing patriotic, tax-paying fans.

    If that isn’t white privileged in a nutshell.

    John Mutphy, you have so much to learn.

    This is yet another distraction, meant to skew the numbers, meant to make people feel bad about voting for someone other than trump.

    Biden’s supporters do just that, support Biden, while trumps supporters are scattering to the wind. They are looking for a way out and this is it. Meant to siphon Biden’s voters, it will only siphon off the “reformed” trumpsters. No worries here.

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