Kanye West is running for president — or, at the very least, he says he is. Saturday evening, the hip-hop artist announced to his nearly-30 million Twitter followers that he fully intends on running a campaign between now and this November in a bid to become Leader of the Free World. As if 2020 couldn't get any more bizarre, eccentric billionaire Elon Musk has already thrust his support behind the potential candidate.
"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future," West tweeted. "I am running for president of the United States."
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
Almost immediately after West made his tweet, Musk responded, adding the rapper has his full support.
You have my full support!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
Coincidentally enough, West shared a picture of the two earlier this month at an apparent meet-up.
Though the Democratic National Convention has yet to take place — it's currently scheduled for late August in Milwaukee — the only candidate still running an active campaign is former Vice President Joe Biden. The career senator is expected to receive the Democratic nomination and run against Donald Trump (R) in the general election this November.
During the 2016 race, West was a vocal supporter of Trump and seemingly confirmed in an issue of GQ earlier this year he planned to vote for the incumbent come November.
"I was told my career would end if I wasn't with her," West said about not voting for former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in 2016. "What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That's like if Obama's campaign was 'I'm with black.' What's the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?"
"The media puts musicians, artists, celebrities, actors in a position to be the face of the race, that really don't have any power and really are just working for white people," added West. "When it's said like that, it's kind of obvious, right? We emotionally connect to someone of our color on TV and feel that this person is speaking for us. So let me say this: I am the founder of a $4 billion organization, one of the most Google-searched brands on the planet, and I will not be told who I'm gonna vote on because of my color."
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