Just when it seemed 2020 couldn’t get stranger, Deadline reports on a weekend tweet by Kanye West suggesting he is running for president against Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Dominic Patten writes:
Kanye West let off a July 4th fireworks display of his own today by announcing that he is running for President this year.
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
Within minutes incumbent Donald Trump seemingly lost not just one, but two of his highest profile supporters as SpaceX founder Elon Musk also took to social media to give the ‘Power’ rapper his backing:
You have my full support!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
Whether or not, Ye will truly square off against the former Celebrity Apprentice host (who West once said was a “Superman” in an often bizarre 2018 Oval Office meeting) and former Vice-President Joe Biden in November, today’s declaration is not the first time the multiple Grammy winner has said he has eyes on the White House. Back in 2015, West told the MTV VMA Awards he would launch a Presidential race for 2020, in January 2019 the “Trump all day” fan teased a 2024 bid and just last November the Jesus Is King star asserted to a Fast Company corporate conference that he would be going for the ballot box in 2024.
Then again, with the possibility that West race could siphon votes off Biden to Trump’s advantage, to quote Kanye’s 2010 track Power: “No one man should have all that power/The clock’s ticking, I just count the hours.”