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Rapper Kanye West announced in an Independence Day tweet that he’s running for President.
“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 🇺🇸!” West tweeted, along with the hashtag #2020VISION.
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
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
Wife Kim Kardashian, who more than doubles Kanye’s 29 million followers, showed her support by responding with an American Flag emoji in response — perhaps, after visiting the Oval Office, Kardashian has visions of being the first lady.
Can you imagine the late-night photos she may share from the White House?
Quick to throw in his own support, Elon Musk also responded to Ye’s announcement.
“You have my full support!” he tweeted.
You have my full support!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
The SpaceX founder and chief executive has been simpatico with Trump as of late, which makes his input curious.
But then, he is West’s “boy,” as in pal… you have to make such distinctions in post-Obama America.
— ye (@kanyewest) July 1, 2020
The rapper has spoken of presidential aspirations before, saying early last year he was going to run for president in 2024. In 2015, he told the MTV VMA Awards audience he would launch a presidential bid in 2020.
Time will soon tell whether West is serious about a White House run, it’s not clear if he has filed any paperwork, but his late entry would leave his name off the ballot in a number of states.
It’s also debatable about who would be hurt more by a Kanye West candidacy, Trump or presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
West has long been a Trump fan, and suggested in April that he was going to vote for the president in November.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) April 16, 2020
“And we know who I’m voting on,” West said. “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!”
There are skeptics who see a West run as a devious plot to steal the black vote from Biden, which would spell his doom:
Kanye West announced he’s running for President in 2020 & Elon Musk is funding his campaign. West & Musk are both Trump supporters. Sounds like a plan to steal young voters from Biden – just like Democrats do to Republicans all the time.
— Maggie Ann (@MaggiePeggy123) July 5, 2020
Or disenfranchise black voters altogether:
The distraction of the “announcement”, not the viability of running is a futile attempt at Black voter disenchantment.
Kanye is a pro-Trump horseshoe operative with issues who claimed 400 years of slavery was a choice made by the Black community:
— Brent Allpress (@BrentAllpress) July 5, 2020
At the same time, polling earlier this year showed that Trump had higher than 30% support in the black community — which puts a whole different light on the racially divisive Black Lives Matter movement that reemerged last month.
Support at that level would doom Biden’s chances, so it could be argued that West’s candidacy would hurt Trump as much as his opponent.
Either way, a common theme in the online responses is that this is completely in line with what 2020 has thrown at us thus far.
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
Kanye running for president is the most normal thing to happen in 2020
— 🧞♂The📚Liberal📚Guru, M.A.🧞♂ (@A_Smart_Liberal) July 5, 2020
— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) July 5, 2020
Not now, Kanye. Seriously. https://t.co/Rv7ktlNiTX
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 5, 2020
Of course he is. It’s 2020! https://t.co/Ks1DPP80aL
— Eleni Giokos (@EleniGiokos) July 5, 2020
do not vote for him if you do you are making Donald Trump president I promise you. https://t.co/o9cFxxlhYI
— Michael J. Murphy (@MikeyMurphy) July 5, 2020
Is @elonmusk gonna be your VP?!
— JT Lewis (@thejtlewis) July 5, 2020
call it a late registration
— Aiden Kauffman (@itsaidenk) July 5, 2020
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