Kanye West chose the most American of holidays — the Fourth of July — to announce he’s running for president. On July 4, the multi-platinum rapper fired off a tweet vowing to be on the 2020 ballot.
“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!” he wrote. “#2020VISION.”
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. 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.
Kim Kardashian West retweeted her husband’s announcement with an American flag emoji. Also, Mr. West’s friend Elon Musk, quickly chimed in with his support.
You have my full support!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
This is, of course, not the first time West has made his interest in higher office known. In August 2015, while accepting MTV’s Video Vanguard Award, he concluded an 11-minute speech by saying “and yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”