Kanye West announces he is running for president in November, with support of Kim Kardashian and Elon Musk
US rapper Kanye West has set his sights on the White House.
While he previously hinted at running for office in 2024, he has now thrown his hat into the ring for this November’s election.
He tweeted on Independence Day: “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’s wife Kim Kardashian responded to the tweet with an emoji of the American flag.
While technology entrepreneur Elon Musk commented: "You have my full support!"
It’s not clear whether West has filed the necessary paperwork, but the deadline to submit an application has not yet passed in some states.
West is no stranger to the Oval Office - he met Donald Trump there in 2018.
The bizarre encounter saw West wear a Make America Great Again hat and Trump said the rapper made him feel like superman. The president also said he ‘loved’ West.
When a reporter asked Trump if West could be a nominee for president one day he responded: "Could very well be."
While West replied: “Only after 2024. Let’s stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We just have today.”
West has publicly supported Trump and reiterated his allegiance by declaring he was going to vote for him this year.
He said in April: “I am not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I am still here!”
West also went to Trump Tower in New York City the day after Trump was elected in 2016.
Potential First Lady Kardashian has also made visits to the White House. She has met Trump on several occasions as an activist for criminal justice reform.
Since her work with Trump she has begun to train as a lawyer, following in her father Robert Kardashian’s footsteps.
Independent and third party candidates have run before but to no avail. In 1992 a Texan billionaire, Ross Perot, took 19 per cent of the vote.
And in 2000 the Green Party took less than 3 per cent.
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