Trump, Kanye, and the Pernicious Politics of Celebrity

Kanye West shows President Donald Trump a picture on his mobile phone during a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House, October 11, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
What can be done to reduce the influence of fame on our civic life?

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n July 4, Kanye West announced on Twitter his intention to seek the highest office in the land. It’s not clear what we should make of this. Internet commentators unleashed a biblical deluge of “late registration” puns, pointing out that Mr. West has missed the deadline to make it onto the presidential ballot in at least six states, with the deadline for seven other states coming up in July. It also appears that he has yet to file the requisite paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission. Consequently, most people (though not Elon Musk, apparently) seem to be taking the announcement

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