Noted Apple fan Kanye West is blaming the iPhone’s clock for his failure to turn in the correct nomination signatures on time in Wisconsin for his U.S. presidential bid.
State laws say the papers had to be filed “not later” than 5 p.m. local time on Monday. Unfortunately, West’s campaign submitted them 14 seconds after the 5 p.m. deadline. West’s lawyer argues that, because it was before 5:01 p.m., the paperwork should still be admitted.
A report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that:
“[Lawyer Michael Curran] dismisses a video and tweet by a WISN-TV (Channel 12) reporter that [Lane Ruhland, who turned in the West campaign papers] and her assistant entered the building 18 seconds after 5 p.m. Curran also challenged a video by a Democratic Party staffer that suggested they arrived about 20 seconds after the deadline.
That video, Curran said, used an iPhone clock to track Ruhland’s entrance. Curran said such clocks are notoriously faulty.
In her affidavit, Ruhland said that by the time she reached the third-floor offices of the state Elections Commission, she was informed by a staffer that she was 14 seconds late.”
That may not be the only problem with West’s papers. In order to make the ballot, West needs at least 2,000 valid signatures. While his campaign managed to get more than 2,400, these include incorrect addresses and questionable signatures such as “Mickey Mouse” and “Bernie Sanders.”
Kanye West and his love of Apple
West frequently speaks out about his admiration for all things Apple. In the past, he proclaimed himself the next Steve Jobs and talked about his unabashed love for former Apple designer “Jony Ives” (sic). He once bought his wife Kim Kardashian Apple shares for Christmas.
The strangest Apple link by far came when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — who turns 70 today — was invited to be among the first people to meet Kim and Kanye’s baby, North West.