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Philosopher Cornel West
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4. Cornel West 

Cornel West, an outspoken political activist and academic, announced his candidacy for president of the United States on the People’s Party ticket last June. In a Twitter post, West declared that he is “running for truth and justice as a presidential candidate for the People’s Party to reintroduce America to the best of itself.”

He summarized his campaign platform as “fighting to end poverty, mass incarceration, ending wars and ecological collapse, guaranteeing housing, healthcare, education and living wages for all.” He elaborated on the philosophy underlying his presidential bid in a video accompanying the tweet, which includes several progressive policy goals, including abortion access and universal healthcare.

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“I care about you,” he proclaimed. “I care about the quality of your life, I care about whether you have access to a job with a living wage, decent housing, women having control over their bodies, healthcare for all, deescalating the destruction of the planet, [and] the destruction of American democracy.”

West expressed his discontent with both political parties and the frontrunners for their respective presidential nominations. “Neither political party wants to tell the truth about Wall Street, about Ukraine, about the Pentagon, about Big Tech,” he said.

West’s announcement video featured a clip of him describing the choices facing the American people as “neofascists like Brother Trump or milquetoast neoliberals like Brother Biden” in a conversation with Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time.”

West took to Twitter on June 13 to signal his intention to pursue “the nomination of the Green Party for President of the United States” as part of a “broad United Front and coalition strategy.” He expressed gratitude to “the volunteers of the People’s Party for the initial launch.”

In an Oct. 5 post on X, West announced that he was dropping his bid for the Green Party nomination and “running as an Independent candidate for president of the United States to end the iron grip of the ruling class and ensure true democracy!” On April 11, West announced Black Lives Matter activist and professor Melina Abdullah as his running mate.  

As of June 3, West has secured ballot access in seven states with a combined 55 electoral votes: Alaska, Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah and Vermont. 

The RealClearPolitics average of polls sampling voter preferences in a five-way race measures West’s support at 1.8%. 

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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