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Kanye West Announces That He Is Running For President

Kanye West is best known and loved for his work as a musician, artist, producer, record label executive and fashion designer. With all that under his belt, it seems he has a bigger goal in mind yet and that is to become President of the United States.  

As (most) of America took part in the 4th of July celebrations, otherwise known as “the country’s birthday,” West took to Twitter to announce that he would officially run for office. His tweet read, “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!” Adding the hashtag #2020VISION, which may be a tag that will fall in line with his campaigns.  

Kanye has spoken about running for president in previous years, and now it seems he will put his plan to action. Candid about his vision, the award-winning artist said at an event in November 2019, “When I run for president in 2024, we would’ve created so many jobs that I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk.” 

Husband to Kim Kardashian, who starred in a cover shoot for Interview magazine in which she took an inspired approach for her look from the late Jackie Kennedy from the 1960s, Kanye has always been open about his ambitions to take on the world of politics. In 2015, during his speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, he had announced his plans to run for president in 2020; some thought that was exciting and others considered him a mad man, it seems he didn’t follow through.

Kanye further raised eyebrows for quite some time as he was seen sporting a “Make America Great Again” cap and had been outspoken in his support for President Trump. After a hospital stay for exhaustion, the rapper ranted about how he would have voted for Trump in 2016 and went on to visit him at his New York home where they were photographed together.  

The rapper who has collaborated with the likes of Rihanna and Jay Z had continued to praise Donald Trump and the pair often tweeted and retweeted each other but it seems his support of the Republican leader was short-lived. 

In 2018, Kanye switched sides and tweeted, “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative,” and has since focused his energy on his art.

Fast forward to 2020, Kanye has signed himself up for a busy end to the year and it’s not just a possible presidential election… West has just signed a 10 year deal with clothing giant, GAP (worth a reported $100 million) and released two songs from his forthcoming album, “God’s Country.” 

It is yet to be determined whether Kanye West’s tweet was a serious announcement, or just a fleeting moment for the rapper who has also made outrageous statements on the social media platform in the past. It seems we will just have to wait and watch… 

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