Just when you thought this year had no more weirdness left to give, Kanye West announced via Twitter that he would be running for president of the United States, in the 2020 election race.
In a tweet sent last night, Ye said:
And, in peak Internet, his announcement has attracted the support of Elon Musk, who also tweeted as much.
You have my full support!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
Although it’s too late in the race for West to get his name on the ballot in some states, he will still be able to run as an independent candidate in others. However, without being able to run in New York, Maine, Indiana and Texas, among others, it looks like Ye’s first time out as a presidential candidate will be purely symbolic.
Although he has spoken about creating jobs and walking not running, there’s no word yet on the policies he’ll look to introduce.
West had originally spoken about running for president at the MTV VMAs back in 2015. Since then he’s made a point of becoming more vocal politically, even meeting with president Trump on a number of occasions, and infamously wearing a Make America Great Again hat.
Despite having spoken about running in 2024, he’s decided to bring things forward by four years.
West also has a new album on the cards. God’s Country, songs from which he teased last week, as yet still doesn’t have a release date.
Twitter meanwhile, had some thoughts on the subject:
Is Kanye a Democrat or Republican?— Jeff Benjamin (@Jeff__Benjamin) July 5, 2020
Kanye West isn’t really gonna run for President, but his next album will be called Presidential Dropout— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) July 5, 2020
Imagine if Biden picks Kanye for his VP lmao. 2020 can no longer surprise me so just putting that out there.— Omar Sakr (@OmarjSakr) July 5, 2020