Rapper Kanye West says he is running for US president.
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, rapper Kanye West declared his candidacy for US president.
The unlikely challenger to Donald Trump – of whom he has been a vocal supporter – and chose American independence day to make the surprise announcement on Twitter, triggering a social media storm.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” West twitted wrote. “I am running for president of the United States.”West tweeted his plans days after teasing a new song and announcing a new album titled “God’s Country.”Fans immediately tweeted their support for the musician and business mogul, who has a history of promoting himself and his projects with political statements.
So far, it doesn’t appear West has any intention of actually running for president Nor was it clear whether the 43-year-old had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots. The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states..
With the election only four months away, West still needs to register with the Federal Election Commission, present a campaign platform, collect enough signatures to get on the November ballot and more.
He has already missed the deadline to file as an independent candidate in many states.
Still, he’s garnered at least one notable endorsement. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who was recently photographed with West, responded to his tweet with: “You have my full support!”
Kim Kardashian West also retweeted her husband’s announcement with an American flag emoji.
West’s announcement isn’t the first time he’s teased the idea of running for US president.
West first said he would run for president at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. He ended his acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award by saying he would run in 2020. But in January 2019, he tweeted “2024,” seemingly delaying his plans.
Over the past few years, West has both gained and lost fans over his vocal support of Trump. West regularly tweeted his admiration for the President, donned a red “Make America Great Again” hat, and visited the Oval Office.
It remains to be seen if the American Rapper will actually really run for president !