Alright, who had Kanye West running for president on their 2020 apocalypse bingo card? Mr. West celebrated Independence Day on Saturday by announcing his presidential bid via Twitter.
“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,” West wrote.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk offered up excitement at the prospect of Kanye holding down the West Wing, as he exclaimed, “You have my full support!”
You have my full support!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
Of course, the friendship between West and Musk is no secret. The two even posted a photo together last week at Musk’s home, captioned, “When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange.”
When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange 🍊 pic.twitter.com/IyPOdEKaVY
— ye (@kanyewest) July 1, 2020
Maybe Musk will be his running mate?
Following Kanye’s story, for lack of a better term, has been confusing for many. While he had been outspoken in his support for Donald Trump over the years, as recently as this past April when he claimed he would be voting for the President in 2020, that sponsorship seemed to dwindle over the past few months, especially as the George Floyd protests kicked into high gear.
Though Kanye has been the subject of anger from many over his public support for Trump, he maintains a large and loyal fanbase—something he will need going into election season. It should be noted, however, that this campaign will be a long shot, at best. Considering that the Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians already have their nominees, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Jo Jorgensen, respectively, and the Green Party is likely to nominate Howie Hawkins, West would probably run as an independent. With state filing deadlines in mind, many of which have already passed, Kanye’s name will not appear on every ballot. A Kanye presidency will thus require millions of write-in votes—something no president has ever needed.
Some have speculated that this could be a publicity stunt or even just a lack of impulse control—which wouldn’t be out of character for Mr. West. Even if that’s the case—it’s sure to make 2020 the most interesting year in recent memory. For the latest information on Kanye’s campaign, visit his Twitter page. He does not currently have a campaign website.