Kanye West is an artist, producer, record label executive and fashion designer, but that’s apparently not enough for the multi-hyphenate. Now, the hip-hop powerhouse is looking to add another job to his ever-expanding resume: politician.
The rapper took to Twitter on America’s birthday (July 4) to officially announce he is running for the highest office in the land. The superstar began his message by writing, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” and he quickly got straight to the point by stating quite plainly, “I am running for president of the United States!” He then added the hashtag #2020VISION, which may be something he continues to use moving forward.
This is not the first time West has talked about running for the biggest job in the country, but now he seems determined, based on his word choice. The Grammy winner was open about his ambitions as recently as this past November, when he said “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” during an event this past November. Now it appears he’s moved his hopes up one cycle.
West raised eyebrows for years with his outspoken support of President Trump, which has ebbed and flowed with time. The titan of hip-hop ranted about how he would have voted for the Republican candidate in 2016 (had he voted at all), and after a short stay in a hospital due to exhaustion, West visited the future leader at his New York City residence, where they posed for photographs.