It is not the first time that rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Kanye West who is the sole owner of Yeezy, the streetwear brand (worth 3 billion), has declared he is running for the White house presidency.
At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, he claimed he had decided to run for president in 2020. However last November he pushed the date back, saying he has postponed his running till 2024.
"What are you laughing at?" he asked the crowd at Fast Company's Innovation Festival.
"We would have created so many jobs that I'm not gonna run, I'm gonna walk," he said, adding he was considering changing his name for the run to "Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West".
It is still unclear as to whether Kanye was serious about running for the presidency only four months before the Nov. 3 election and we don't know if he has even filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots. However Kanye hasn’t missed the boat, the deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not been reached in many states so he technically has time to file in many other states.
During a fundraising event in San Francisco where Kanye was performing at, Former President Obama gave a speech at the event and addressed Kanye, giving complementary political advice on running for president which he picked up from his years of experience and threw in some opinions for music genius and possible White House candidate Kanye West.
“First of all, you’ve got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they’re on a reality TV show,” Obama told donors Saturday in San Francisco, an apparent reference to West’s wife, Kim Kardashian.
Speaking at this fundraising event, Obama made reference to one of the rapper’s best albums:
“Saying that you have a ‘Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ that’s what’s known as ‘off-message’ in politics … You can’t say something like that … There are a lot of people who have lost their congressional seats saying things like that.”
Obama had a final piece of advice for West, who said on this recent awards show that he is running in 2020:
“Do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be President of the United States? … That is crazy. That’s crazy!”
These are not the worst things Obama has said about Kanye West, he has said much worse in the past. The former president has called Kanye a “jack****” twice: first in 2009 after Kanye intervened Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMAs, then again in a 2012 interview with The Atlantic.
“He is a jack****,” Obama told the Atlantic in 2012. “But he’s talented.”
Kanye is one of Donald Trump's highest-profile celebrity supporters, the current president announced on Saturday that Kanye would run for president in 2020.
West wrote in a Twitter post on July 5th, adding an American flag emoji and "#2020VISION".
"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,"
The announcement was tweeted just days after teasing his new song release "Wash Us in the Blood." from his new upcoming album titled "God's Country."
Full support was given by the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla, endorsing Kanye’s Twitter post writing;
"You have my full support!"
The statement about the presidential run with an American flag was retweeted by Wife Kim Kardashian West also endorsing him.
The American rapper is a celebrity known for his political statements, eccentric and expletive outbursts. During a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in October 2018 in which he wore a Make America Great Again hat, West gave a profanity overloaded speech, during the wide-ranging discussion, West dropped an F-bomb during the rant. Alternative universes were discussed and his misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation.
"I love this guy right here," West said, walking behind the desk to hug the seated president, who said: "That's really nice."
However, the celebrity has recently deviated from Trump over the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and protests against racial injustice and police brutality.
Last month, Kanye donated $2 million to the families of those who were murdered in these unjust incidents; George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.
What do you think guys? Will Kanye vie head to head with Trump and Joe Biden?