Kanye West announced on Saturday, July 4, that he is running for president of the United States against President Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
“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,” the rapper, 43, tweeted.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk replied, “You have my full support!” and the rapper quickly trended on Twitter with First Lady also becoming a trending topic, as fans and critics pondered the idea of Kim Kardashian. ending up in the White House with her husband. The KKW Beauty founder retweeted her husband’s statement along with an American flag emoji.
It’s not the first time the “Famous” singer has talked about running for office — back in 2015 he surprised viewers at the MTV Video Music Awards by announcing a possible run in 2020.
West was criticised last week after declaring: “I am so proud of my beautiful wife Kim Kardashian West for officially becoming a billionaire.” She had sold a stake in her beauty brand for $200m. But he also earned praise for releasing a single about racism and religion.
If he ran, West would follow in a long tradition of independent or third-party campaigns challenging the Democratic and Republican stranglehold. In 1992, Ross Perot, an eccentric Texan billionaire, took 19% of the vote. In 2000, Ralph Nader’s Green party took less than 3% but was widely blamed for costing Democrat Al Gore the presidency.