It’s official: Kanye West has announced he is running for president of the United States in 2020. As if this year hasn’t already been crazy enough, the rapper declared his candidacy in a tweet posted on Independence Day (July 4).
“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!” he wrote, along with the hashtag #2020VISION.
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 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
This is not the first time West has talked about his ambitions to become president – back in November, he said during an event: “When I run for president in 2024, we would’ve created so many jobs that I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk.” He also posted a tweet that simply read “2024”. This time, it seems he has moved his hopes up one cycle.
It is unclear whether the 43-year-old West has filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots – the filing deadline for adding independent candidates has passed in several states, but not all. But the unlikely challenger to Donald Trump and Joe Biden has the endorsement of at least one prominent figure: Elon Musk.
“You have my full support,” Musk tweeted. Just a couple of days ago, West posted a photo of him and Musk side by side with the caption “When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange”.
You have my full support!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange 🍊 pic.twitter.com/IyPOdEKaVY
— ye (@kanyewest) July 1, 2020
The news arrives just a week after Kanye West made his comeback with the hard-hitting single ‘Wash Us in the Blood’ featuring Travis Scott.
Many have already responded to West’s controversial announcement. Read some of the replies to his tweet below.
I’m running too! pic.twitter.com/qzvudhgwIf
— usa is a monster (@theneedledrop) July 5, 2020
I think you might be a tiny bit late for this election
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) July 5, 2020
— SΛINT (@saint) July 5, 2020
He must have a new album coming and wants free publicity
— Bobo (@BoboBrazil3) July 5, 2020
wait kayne wasn't joking anout running for president- pic.twitter.com/DmCTIj3umP
— lauren SILA DAY!! (@wyiles) July 5, 2020