“We must now fulfill America’s promise by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” wrote West. “I run for president of the United States.”
The publication was accompanied by a star flag, an exclamation mark and “# 2020VISION”. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, responded to the tweet with an American flag.
With only four months to go before November 3 polling day, it was unclear whether West’s tweet would have been more appropriate on April Fool’s Day than American Independence Day.
It was also unclear whether the 43-year-old had filed official documents to appear on state ballots. The deadline for adding independent candidates to the poll has not yet passed in many states.
But after businessman and reality star Trump won the White House in 2016, perhaps Kim Kardashian’s idea as a first lady could be written in the stars as the fate of America.
And West, a 21-time Grammy winner, got immediate approval from Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for his eccentric outbursts, who tweeted in response: “You have my full support! ”
A West-Musk ticket is not what we expected in an election that has already delivered a cornucopia of the unexpected.
West and his wife visited Trump at the White House to discuss prison reform. At a bizarre meeting in 2018, West wore a red “Make America Great Again” cap and said words like “motherfucker” and “endless amounts of universe”. He said that Trump made him feel like Superman, kissed him and said, “I love this guy here. ”
When asked if West could be a future presidential candidate, Trump replied, “It could very well be.”
West replied, “Only after 2024. Let’s stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We just have today. ”
Indeed, the rapper has already floated the idea of running for president. In January of last year, a tweet that simply said “2024” was interpreted as a sign that he would appear in the White House that year.
West was criticized last week after saying, “I am so proud of my beautiful wife Kim Kardashian West for officially becoming a billionaire. She had sold a stake in her beauty brand for $ 200 million. But he also deserved praise for releasing a single on racism and religion.
If he ran, West would follow a long tradition of independent or third-party campaigns challenging the Democratic and Republican stranglehold. In 1992 Ross Perot, an eccentric Texan billionaire, won 19% of the vote. In 2000, Ralph Nader’s green party took less than 3% but was widely blamed for costing Democrat Al Gore the presidency.