On Saturday Kanye West officially announced his plans to run for office this November. “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 on Twitter on Independence Day. This is not the first time the star claimed his bid. According to BBC, Kanye West announced his decision to run for president in 2020 back in 2015 during the MTV Music Awards.
It’s not clear if Kanye is actually running as the process requires filling with Federal Election Commission and establishing a campaign platform. Even though it’s already late to register as an independent candidate in several states, West can still try and collect signatures from his supporters in other states in order to appear on the ballot before the deadline. He already received public endorsement from his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.
In 2018 Kanye West and his spouse met Donald Trump in the White House to discuss prison reform. West wore the President’s signature red MAGA-hat and appeared to be supporting Trump. However, when asked about his plans to run for office, West replied “Only after 2024. Let’s stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We just have today.”
Kanye used #2020VISION hashtag during his Twitter announcement, which means that he doesn’t want to delay his plans. Social media users have been puzzling all weekend whether it’s just a PR move or a plot to help Trump by siphoning off Biden’s votes. CJ Pearson, the founder of Last Hope USA, stated that “If Kanye runs in 2020 (which I’m doubtful he will), he’d only take away votes from Joe Biden. Young people are already unenthusiastic enough as is about Biden’s candidacy but he’d also chip away at Biden’s black support.”