by VERNA GIBSON
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame is the newest candidate to enter the race for the 2016 presidential election. Flame announced his candidacy with a Rolling Stone video on Monday. In the video, Flame, born as Juaquin James Malphurs, announces his presidency, signs what appear to be candidacy papers and outlines his platform.
Flame starts the video by saying his first act in office would be to legalize marijuana. He goes on to outline his platform as he smokes what he calls “presidential kush.”
- Pro-marijuana legalization: “A blunt a day will take the pain away.”
- “First thing I would stop as president is dogs in restaurants. I don’t wanna see another f#@^ing dog in a restaurant ever again.”
- “Anybody who got feet over size 13 cannot walk in public anymore. They have to take trains, cabs and buses.”
- “Education is important. We need to start teaching these kids more reality skills and they gotta learn my lyrics.”
- “I’m gonna raise minimum wage. I feel like all fast food restaurants should be paying $15 a hour since In-N-Out Burger is doing it.”
- “Women’s rights? I feel like women got all the rights already. Women are pretty tough right now. I feel like its not a thing of rights for women its more of a respect thing.”
“Hillary is my only competition,” said Flame when asked his opinions on the other candidates. “It’s a tough one, I hope I make it.”
Flame has already chosen his running mate, DJ Whoo Kid.
Flame first brought up the idea of his candidacy in 2012 when he announced on Twitter that he would be running for president.
The main problem with Flame’s candidacy is his age. The Constitution requires presidential candidates to be 35 years old; Flame is only 28. Flame went out on April 21 to assure the public he was serious about running. He walked streets of New York City to solicit 5,000 signatures from citizens to get on the ballot for the election.
Flame is the fifth person to announce their candidacy after Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Social media response to Flame’s announcement was overwhelmingly positive, but also clearly sarcastic.
Flame failed to speak on many pressing issues such as the economy, gay marriage, abortion or immigration, which will be sure to come up in the race.