As the United States (US) is celebrating it’s historical freedom day the Fourth of July, Kanye West makes a major announcement that he’s officially running for the U.S presidency in 2020.
Kanye shared the news via Twitter on Saturday night, writing: “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.”
Kanye West has been hinting on his presidential campaign for the past 7 years, saying he intended to run in 2014.
“One of my main things [I’ll address] once I’m president is the medical industry,” he said in a 2018 interview with Power 92.3’s DJ Pharris. “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 fuck up the paper.. That’s the problem with a lot of the radical leaders in the past.”
West’s decision to run the 2020 race means he’ll have to compete with Donald Trump. ‘Ye has received plenty of backlash for his well-documented support of the incumbent president, even going so far as to don Trump’s division with MAGA hat. He told GQ earlier this year that he planned to vote for Trump in the upcoming election, as he refused to let culture dictate his politics.
“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,” he said. “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?”
It’s not clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency for he’s already missing the filing deadline in a number of states, which means he’d likely have to run as a write-in candidate.
Though, the deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.
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