Kanye West says he’s running for president #2020; reactions are mixed

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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.

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.

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.

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.

“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:

Or disenfranchise black voters altogether:

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:




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