Rapper and Yeezy owner/founder Kanye West celebrated the 4th of July by announcing on Twitter that he’s entering the U.S. 2020 presidential election. He made the announcement on Twitter along with the hashtag @2020VISION.
Telsa CEO Elon Musk immediately endorsed him. Shortly thereafter, his wife, Kim Kardashian West, quote tweeted West with an American flag emoji.
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
July 5, 2020
While West recently marched in a demonstration protesting police brutality in Chicago, in a GQ profile in May 2020, he implied he planned to support Donald Trump in this year’s election when he stated, “I’m definitely voting this time. And we know who I’m voting on.”
There’s been a lot of chatter on Twitter about what his announcement is all about. Here are some of the theories:
1. It’s publicity for an upcoming album launch
2. He’s being paid by Republican party operatives to draw young votes from Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
3. He’s simply running for president as he promised during MTV‘s Video Music Award event in 2015. Though it should be noted that since that event in November 2019, West said he had changed his plans and instead would run in 2024.
FYI: West has missed the filing date for independent candidates in many key states including Indiana, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Texas and New Mexico per the candidate website Ballotpedia. But key battleground state deadlines are still ahead including Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Arizona.
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