(FamilyRetirementClub.com)- It’s a match made in heaven: Kanye West and a 57-year-old white woman who runs an online Bible study.
West, the eccentric rapper and reality TV show personality, has chosen Michelle Tidball as his running mate for vice president. This comes after he officially filed all required documents to place his name on the November ballot in Arkansas. West had teased his selection last month, but made it official this week.
Tidball met West in Cody, Wyoming. Tidball is employed in a dental office, runs an online Bible study group and describes herself as a “biblical life coach.”
One of Tidball’s former colleagues is Mary Keller, a scholar of religious studies at the University of Wyoming. She told The New Yorker that Tidball thinks of herself as an “online prophet.” She continued:
“We went out for drinks, and she told me about this international group of people who are in touch with the divine and discuss it with each other.”
According to Keller, Tidball predicted that President Donald Trump would win the 2016 election.
“To her, his election was evidence,” she said.
Further, Keller believes that West and Tidball are a perfect match as a president-vide president pairing. She said:
“It made sense. They both believe they have direct access to God and read the world as evidence of that access. The religious imagination is about the only thing that can provide language for drought, flood, fire. … I see Kanye and Michelle as the kinds of voices that people might turn to for a meaningful story in the face of climate change.”
Despite picking a running mate, there is still quite a long battle West faces to even become a legitimate candidate. First, he missed the deadline in a number of states to be considered an independent candidate.
In Arkansas, he must get a list of 1,000 legitimate signatures that he can submit to the state to get on the ballot. That may seem like an easy task for a person of West’s fame, but he’s already having trouble doing that in other states.
In fact, the state of Illinois is investigating whether the signatures West submitted to them are even valid. He’s even potentially facing election fraud in New Jersey over their signatures he submitted.
West has hired Let the Voters Decide, a petition company, to help him get on the ballot in many states around the country. In Wisconsin, he needs to get 2,000 signatures by Tuesday at 5 p.m. In Ohio, he needs to obtain 5,000 signatures by this Wednesday at 5 p.m.
While it first seemed like a ploy when West announced he was running for president in early July, his latest efforts point to a serious effort — at least in his mind.
West is a polarizing figure, at best. In a poll last month, he received only 2% of the vote. He often alienates people with his erratic personality and comments like the ones he made at a South Carolina rally in which he said that Harriet Tubman “never actually freed the slaves. She just had them work for other white people.”