“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! #2020VISION,” West tweeted to his nearly 30 million followers over the weekend.
West did not elaborate further, leaving netizens wondering if he really means it or is just joking around. Nevertheless, he has already secured some notable endorsements, including that of South African-born and now American-based entrepreneur Elon Musk. “You have my full support,” the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla tweeted.
While some took it as a sure indication that Musk is seeking to become West’s running mate, others expressed skepticism that the outspoken rapper could pull it off, especially with only four months to go to the 2020 US presidential poll.
Others dismissed the tweet as a PR stunt. And while many laughed off the announcement as a marketing ploy, it did not take long for Trump’s detractors to accuse West of conspiring with the Republican president to “steal the black vote” from Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden.
It’s unclear whether West is serious and, if so, whether he is running as a third party candidate or an independent, but the news set Twitter alight, sending #LateRegistration, #Kanye, #2020Vision as well as the name of his wife, Kim Kardashian into orbit.
The prolific rapper has repeatedly taken heat from fellow Hollywood celebrities for his on-again, off-again bromance with Trump. West has proudly sported a “Make America Great Again” hat on numerous occasions, including during his much-publicised trip to the Oval Office in October 2018, when he hailed Trump for moving forward with criminal justice reform.
In January last year, West professed his backing for Trump in a series of messages on Twitter: “Trump all day. Just so in 2019 you know where I stand.”