As if 2020 wasn’t weird enough already, rapper and fashion designer Kanye West has announced that he is running for president.
The 43-year-old made the announcement on Saturday evening (July 4), revealing to his 29.4 million followers that he intends on running a campaign between now and November in a bid to become POTUS.
Writing on Twitter, the hip-hop star wrote:
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision, and building our future. I am running for president of the United States.”
West capped the tweet off with the hashtag “#2020VISION”, And in a matter of hours, West’s tweet has already amassed over 691.6K likes and 361.5K retweets – so it is safe to say he has some support.
But perhaps West’s biggest support is none other than the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, who replied to the rapper’s tweet, saying: “You have my full support.”
Maybe the presidency run was what the two were discussing when they met up earlier this month:
Of course, if successful in his campaign, this also means that Kanye’s wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, will hold the title of First Lady.
Responding to her husband’s announcement, Kim did retweet Kanye’s declaration, along with a US flag emoji:
Kardashian is once again somebody people may be quick to criticize, but nobody can deny her amazing work with ‘Justice Project’, in which she is challenging the prison reform system and fighting for fair sentencing.
Speaking to Time in April about the project, Kim said: “I really do believe that, if people do a crime, they need to do the time. But it’s a matter of, what is that fair [amount of] time?”
Now, despite the fact that Kanye’s tweet would probably have been more suited to April Fool’s Day rather than Independence Day, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a shot, as per The Guardian, the deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.
Although, it is also unclear whether or not the ‘Famous’ rapper has even filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.
And, amazingly, back in 2018, West actually took part in a high-profile visit to the White House where he discussed prison reform with wife Kim and President Trump – and when asked if West could be a considered a future presidential candidate, Trump replied: “Could very well be.”Credit: PA Images
Some of you reading this may scoff at West’s announcement, but let’s not forget that weirder things have happened…