American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
“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,” West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag “#2020VISION”.
It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the Nov. 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.
The announcement, nevertheless, caused ripples on social media. Many including his famous wife Kim Kardashian West retweeted Sir Ye's tweet.
Reacting to the news, Kardashian just added a emoji of the American flag while retweeting. She also shared the tweet as a screenshot on her Instagram "stories".
The rapper's new friend and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk also threw in his "support" for the Presidential bid.
You have my full support!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
Some thought Kanye's bid for Presidency was nothing but a "distraction" while others refused to take the claim seriously, coming barely months ahead of the election.
Either he has a new album coming out in 3 weeks (he always says some dumb shit and then releases an album) or he's going to Jill Stein us. Either way, can we just collectively start ignoring him? https://t.co/tIEHYbRQJq— Joe Emery (@Bad__Scooter) July 5, 2020
Hell, if @realDonaldTrump can be President, Kanye can be President. So can SpongeBob. Sasquatch. The Loch Ness monster. Wait, that could be a citizenship issue. Or we just elect a competent adult like @JoeBiden. https://t.co/WF5dDonSFf— Mark Pocan (@MarkPocan) July 5, 2020
I think you might be a tiny bit late for this election— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) July 5, 2020
This is a ploy by Kanye to get Trump re-elected, Do NOT fall for it!!!! This is just to steal votes from Biden which only helps Trump— Gordon Gekko “Greed Mode” (@KingSelfComedy) July 5, 2020
Many suggested that if he does somehow win, Kanye should make Elon Musk his Vice President.
Yet others made jokes and memes. And some just wanted him to "stop".
Despite the jokes, Ye managed to pull some support.
Anyone but Trump— BEN BALLER™ (@BENBALLER) July 5, 2020
The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.
Kanye and Kim have visited Trump in the White House.
At one meeting in October 2018, West delivered a rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation.
(With inputs from Reuters)