“I am so sick of politics. Politics are suddenly everywhere. I cannot avoid them.” Another 5,300 words follow these declarations, written by Soylent co-founder, former CEO, and current chairman Rob Rhinehart in a blog to explain why he is voting for Kanye West in the 2020 general election.
The blog, which starts somewhat normal and becomes increasingly bizarre, is rife with conspiracy theories. At one point, he seemingly invents a conspiracy theory about former Vice President Joe Biden, who he professes at one point to have “never heard of until very recently.”
“Did you know Biden threw innocent Guatemalans in jail because they did not give a government contract to his company Hunter Medical Devices?” he asks, with no hyperlinks or evidence. A Google search for “Hunter Medical Devices” turns up just three pages of results with no relevant hits aside from Rhinehart’s own blog.
In the blog, Rhinehart describes both candidates as “serpentine robots feeding the evil octopus of the New York Times," and says Nancy Pelosi’s son is addicted to drugs. That claim about Paul Pelosi Jr., which would not be shameful even if it were true, is a debunked conspiracy theory, according to Politifact.
All this falls away when he begins to talk about Kanye West. Here is “the only candidate” who cares about agriculture, an issue of utmost importance to Rhinehart. He’s drawn to Kanye because “believes in protecting life and the environment” as well as “bringing prayer back to schools.” After saying he believes in the power of prayer, Rhinehart declares in a direct missive to Kanye West that he’s “now my political leader” and as such “I will follow your leadership, and your example.”