Move over Donald Trump, Kanye West wants to take over your job and it doesn’t seem like he’s joking. This isn’t the first time he’s talked about it either. The rapper turned Adidas Yeezy collaborator has always had his eye on politics. Whether it was befriending the current president of the United States or sharing his political aspirations and views in a number of interviews, Kim Kardashian’s husband has been aiming for the Oval Office for a few years, and he might actually get his chance to run.
Kanye made it official when he actually tweeted his intentions to run on July 5, 2020. Although he didn’t make it 100% clear whether his plans coincide with the upcoming November elections, he did add the hashtag #2020 at the end of his remarks. While he’s obviously too late to take over both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees at this point, he could actually run as an independent candidate if he truly wanted to.
Back in 2018, Kanye was interviewed by DJ Pharris of Power 92.3 where he spoke of his plans once he became president. He was recorded saying, “One of my main things [I’ll address] once I’m president is the medical industry. I’m going to make sure that the medical industry flourishes. There’s one thing I learned by hanging around with Jay-Z, and being married to my wife, is you can’t f** up the paper. That’s the problem with a lot of the radical leaders in the past.”
And yet, just earlier this year, Kanye appeared on the cover of the May issue of GQ Magazine, sharing his thoughts on his presidential bid for the next elections. He told GQ’s editor-in-chief and his interviewer, Will Welch, that he was all for MAGA and its author, reality show host and New York businessman turned President, Trump.
He said in the interview when asked about his vote, “We know who I’m voting on. And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I’m still here! Jesus Is King was No. 1! I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with her (Hillary Clinton). What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?”
While the rapper has received tons of backlash over his support of Donald Trump, Kanye and wife Kim have used their “friendship” with #45 to fight for the release of a number of nonviolent prisoners, and successfully so. And although the now self-proclaimed “couture clothing” designer doesn’t necessarily agree with all of Trump’s policies, he “admires” him for opening the door for other celebrities to consider political careers and possibly becoming president too one day.
Just three months after his interview with GQ that stated his Trump support, the Forbes listed billionaire has announced his own Presidential candidacy. His actual tweet reads, “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 (American Flag emoji)! #2020VISION.
Needless to say, the social media site was ablaze with comments, receiving thousands of reactions and retweets of the rapper’s plans just hours after he posted on his social media account. His own wife quickly joined the bandwagon of course, reposting his tweet just a few hours after him.
People could look back at Kanye’s very public “mental breakdown” and possibly claim that he’s now gone totally bonkers. But his supporters would probably come to his defense, saying that his intentions for running for president are to truly help those in need. One example is when Kanye shared his plans to build a low-income housing area in California for the homeless. The problem is his plans are “inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home” which many found strange. One positive though? They’re designed that way to make them “fireproof” allegedly.
Regardless of his plans, Kanye isn’t the only celebrity that has conveyed their interest in running for president. Reportedly actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and rapper Carbi B have both expressed their interest in running for office. But if Trump’s administration has proven anything, it’s that the American people are pretty split on whether they want a celebrity in office, or a real politician. Trump has proven that you can’t be both.
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