Rapper Kanye West on Independence Day, July 4, announced that he is running for president of the United States.
“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 tweeted on Saturday with the hashtag ≠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 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
West has expressed his support for the president on several occasions. The grammy-winning rapper made headlines after he met with President Trump at the White House in late 2018 when he said wearing the “Make American Great Again” hat made him “feel like Superman.”
“You know, they tried to scare me to not wear this hat—my own friends. But this hat, it gives me—it gives me power, in a way. You know, my dad and my mom separated, so I didn’t have a lot of male energy in my home. And also, I’m married to a family that—(laughs)—you know, not a lot of male energy going on. It’s beautiful, though. But there’s times where, you know, there’s something about—you know, I love Hillary. I love everyone, right? But the campaign “I’m with her” just didn’t make me feel, as a guy, that didn’t get to see my dad all the time—like a guy that could play catch with his son,” West said. “It was something about when I put this hat on, it made me feel like Superman. You made a Superman. That was my—that’s my favorite superhero. And you made a Superman cape.”
Thank you Kanye, very cool! https://t.co/vRIC87M21X
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2018
West told GQ magazine earlier this year that he is definitely voting in the 2020 election, implying that he will vote for President Trump.
“And we know who I’m voting on,” said West. “And I’m 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’m still here!”
“I was told my career would end if I wasn’t with her,” West said, seemingly referencing former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s 2016 slogan. “What kind of campaign is that, anyway? That’s like if Obama’s campaign was ‘I’m with black.’ What’s the point of being a celebrity if you can’t have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion! You know?”
“I buy real estate. It’s better now than when Obama was in office,” West told GQ. “They don’t teach you in school about buying property. They teach you how to become somebody’s property.”