American rapper Kanye West said he was running for president, which could confront him with a man he admired, Donald Trump.
“We must now fulfill America’s promise by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” he tweeted. “I run for president of the United States! ”
His wife Kim Kardashian West and entrepreneur Elon Musk endorsed him.
But it’s unclear if West really works.
He does not appear to have registered his name with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for the November elections. The name closest to the FEC database is a candidate called “Kanye Deez Nutz West”, who deposited his papers with the Green Party in 2015 under the address “1977 Golddigger Avenue, Suite Yeezus” and does not appear to not have collected money.
Nor is it the first time that West has claimed he is running for the White House.
At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, he said he decided to run for president in 2020.
But last November, he pushed back the date, claiming that he would actually compete in the 2024 competition.
“What makes you laugh?” He asked the crowd at the company’s Fast Innovation Festival.
“We would have created so many jobs that I will not run, I will walk,” he said, adding that he plans to change his name for the race to “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West”.
In his tweet on Saturday, U.S. Independence Day, West, 43, did not say whether his alleged race would be affiliated with a particular political party.
In any event, challenging the appointment of one of the main parties would be impossible at this stage, the election being only four months away.
In order to appear on the ballot as an independent candidate, West would need to collect a number of signatures and register with the states within a specific time period. The deadline has already passed in some large states but the music star would still technically have time to file in many others.
This year’s contest is likely to be a straight battle between Republican President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
In 2018, West made a bizarre appearance in the White House with President Trump during which he wore a Make America Great Again hat and had a rant full of expressions that Mr. Trump described as “everything to do something. ”
“I love this guy here,” said West, walking behind the desk to kiss the seated chair, who said, “It’s really nice. ”
The rapper also rejected the idea that African-Americans are overwhelmingly voters in the Democratic Party, saying, “People expect that if you are black, you must be a Democrat.”
Kim Kardashian West retweeted her husband’s statement on the presidential race with an American flag.
In recent years, she has become an important voice in the U.S. criminal justice reform movement and has successfully lobbied President Trump to release several prisoners.