'Oh it wasn't a joke': Twitter erupts over Kanye's presidency bid

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
·3-min read

Kanye West stunned fans when he announced earlier today that he is running for the President of the United States in 2020.

The 43-year-old rapper used Twitter to make the announcement, with the social media platform erupting over the shocking news.

Kanye West at Honda Center on June 3, 2016 in Anaheim, California.
Kanye West has announced he is running for President of the United States. Photo: Getty Images
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“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,” he wrote, alongside an emoji of the American Flag.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts, immediately threw his support behind the Stronger rapper, saying: “You have my full support”.

Kanye’s wife, Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kim Kardashian simply commented on Kanye’s tweet with an American Flag emoji.

It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the November 3 election or if he 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.

If he’s serious about his bid, Kanye, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, will now challenge Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival Joe Biden.

Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Kanye has thrown his support behind Donald Trump in the past. Photo: Getty Images

While the announcement may come as a shock to some, Kanye has been very open about his intention to run for president in the past, however, many thought it would be in 2024.

In 2015, Kanye stunned when he announced at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles that he was eyeing up the most powerful role in the country.

"I have decided in 2020 to run for president," he said at the end of his speech.

Last November, at Fast Company's Innovation Festival, Kanye told a crowd: "When I run for President in 2024", before he was interrupted by sniggering in the audience.

"What y'all laughing at? We would create so many jobs! I'm not going to run, I'm going to walk. When you see headlines saying Kanye's crazy — one in three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can't say nothing, they got no opinion, they're so scared!"

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