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Elon Musk says he encouraged Kanye West’s presidential bid

The billionaire and SpaceX founder also checked in on the rapper during his recent Twitter rant

Elon Musk has a… complicated relationship with Kanye West’s ongoing presidential bid, since he gave it his “full support” when it was announced July 5, but backtracked almost immediately when he heard about some of the rapper’s anti-abortion and anti-vaccination claims.

However, in a recent interview with the New York Times, the SpaceX and Tesla founder says that he encouraged Kanye’s bid for the presidency in the first place, though he does add: “I’ve done my best to convince him that 2024 would be better than 2020.”

Musk also says that he reached out to Kanye in the midst of the very public Twitter rant that followed his first presidential campaign rally earlier this month, which led many to fear for his mental health (Kanye has since followed up with a public apology to his wife Kim Kardashian, who was implicated in the tweets.)

“When he was about a third of the way through the tweet rampage, just to see if he was doing OK, I sent him a text saying, you know, just checking on you, a lot of people are worried, just wondering if you’re OK,” Musk tells the New York Times. “And he called me back and he actually seemed fine. He video FaceTimed me and he was in Wyoming with a bunch of friends.”

“He seemed fine on the call. But it sounds like things are, you know, not fine. There seem to be a lot of issues.”

Elon himself has drawn a critical response from Grimes for a recent tweet seemingly criticising discourse around gender pronouns. “I love you but please turn off ur phone or give me a dall (sic),” the musician and mother of his child, X AE A-XII, wrote in a now-deleted response. “I cannot support hate. Please stop this. I know this isn’t your heart.”

In the New York Times interview, Musk also discusses the time Azealia Banks spent the weekend at his house to record with Grimes – and came away with a pretty scathing review – as well as his plans to colonise Mars and the success of his short-shorts sale

On the recent Twitter hack that saw his account (alongside those of other high-profile users including Kim, Kanye, and Barack Obama) promoting a Bitcoin scam, he adds that the issue was fixed pretty quickly since he has a direct line to the site’s founder Jack Dorsey, and that he’s not too worried about anyone accessing his DMs, because they “mostly consist of swapping memes”. Good to know.