Who Is Michelle Tidball, Kanye West Proposed Presidential Running Mate?

Who Is Michelle Tidball, Kanye West’s Proposed Presidential Running Mate?

The world may be familiar with rapper and presidential hopeful Kanye West, but not many know his vice presidential running mate, Michelle Tidball.

A spiritual coach, Ms Tidball, 57 lives on a ranch in Cody, Wyoming, (like West) and has a deep religious background.

Since she was tapped as the billionaire sneaker mogul’s VP pick, multiple pages from Ms Tidball’s website for her non-profit Bible study program, called Abundant Ministries, have been taken down.

Those pages included her biography, in which she said she had pursued God since she was six months old, when she said she was “slipping away into a crib death” before a higher power visited her “in a hospital tent” and saved her life.

Ms Tidball said she aimed to help “people get ‘unstuck’ in their lives using biblical principles and wisdom”.

Who Is Michelle Tidball, Kanye West’s Proposed Presidential Running Mate?

KEY FACTS

Prior to Forbes’ interview, West had not previously mentioned Tidball, though she lives in Cody, Wyoming, a town where West has spent a considerable amount of time since 2018 and owns a ranch, and shares his interest in religion.     

In Cody, the 57-year-old Tidball runs her own online bible study program under the nonprofit name “Abundant Ministries.” On her biography page, Tidball touts “various degrees in mental health and criminal justice” and says she previously “worked as a mental health therapist for ten years” before transitioning into life coaching.

Tidball previously served as an executive director of Bright Futures Mentoring Program, a nonprofit that helped mentor students in Cody.

Tidball did not immediately return multiple requests for an interview by Forbes on Wednesday.

KEY BACKGROUND

West began traveling regularly to Wyoming in 2017 and has since – along with his spouse, Kim Kardashian West, and his Yeezy business team – put down roots in the state. The rapper purchased a 4,500-acre ranch called Monster Lake Ranch in Cody, Wyoming in September 2019, and recorded parts of his 2019 album “Jesus Is King,” in Cody, according to the New York Times

NEWS PEG

After previously indicating he’d run for president in 2024, West abruptly announced on Twitter he will run for president in 2020 on Saturday, squaring off against President Trump – who he has publicly and enthusiastically supported in the past – and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden:

CRUCIAL QUOTE

In the interview with Forbes, West said he no longer supports Trump, saying, “I am taking the red hat off, with this interview.” When asked whether he is worried about taking Black votes away from the Democratic nominee and in turn helping Trump West said: “I’m not denying it, I just told you. To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy.”

TANGENT

West also expressed skepticism about a Covid-19 vaccine in the Forbes interview saying he plans on being “extremely cautious” when it comes to them (the thoroughly-debunked anti-vaccine movement has picked up steam since the pandemic began.) He also claims that people are trying to put “chips inside of us” to “make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.”

SURPRISING FACT

Some had mused that West’s vice presidential pick would be tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who immediately expressed support for West’s bid on Twitter and was recently spotted in a viral photo on West’s Twitter feed.

Who is Michelle Tidball?

Tidball is a Biblical life coach who thinks doing the dishes can cure mental health.

“If you would get up every day and make your bed and do your dishes – you would be better,” Tidball said during a June 2017 Bible study session, reported TMZ.

She goes on to say that in her 10 years of working with mentally ill patients, none of them made their beds or did their dishes.

The outlet reported that a bio on Tidball, which has since been removed from her website along with the audio clip, said that she has pursued God since she was six months old and was “slipping away into a crib death.”

TMZ also said that Tidball claimed she has “various degrees in mental health and criminal justice” – and confirmed that she has a BA in Psychology from the University of Wyoming.

She also said that after 10 years as a mental health therapist, she transitioned into life coaching “using biblical principals and wisdom.”

On her website, Tidball describes herself as a “Personal Life & Spiritual Coach,” who helps people with the “burdens of life” through coaching sessions

When did Kanye announce she was going to be his running mate?

Kanye named Tidball as his running mate in a Forbes interview published on July 8, which lasted for “four rambling hours.” During his lengthy rant, Kanye, who’s married to reality star Kim Kardashian, made several stunning revelations.

He declared that he is an anti-vaxxer, he has never voted and he will run for president, despite his wife’s concerns about his mental health issues. “I’m not saying Trump’s in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know?” he told the publication.

“Barack Obama’s special. [Donald] Trump’s special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special.”

What party is Kanye West?

Kanye said he would be running for the “Birthday Party.” He said this is “because when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday,” naming Tidball as his top aide.

Kanye claims he would form a government inspired by the fictional African country Wakanda featured in the Marvel movie Black Panther. He said he was inspired by the “innovation” of the scientists in the film based on a children’s comic book first published in the 1960s.

Arguably, Kanye’s most controversial comment was on the subject of a coronavirus vaccine; he supposedly suffered from COVID-19 in February. He said he is suspicious of vaccines calling them “the mark of the beast.”

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