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Kanye West announces 2020 presidential bid in bizarre 4th of July tweet


    When Kanye West accepted the Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Honor at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2015, he wrapped up his 11-minute rambling speech with this statement: "And yes, as you might have guessed by now, I decided to run for president in 2020." Spectators at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles were guffawed at the time, but it seems like the "Power" rapper wasn't there.

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    "We now have to remember America 's promise by believing in God, unifying our dream, and constructing our future.   
    I 'm running for American President! # @2020VISION, "West posted early Saturday evening, setting fireworks off quickly across Twitterverse.



    With just four months out from the presidential election, it's unclear if West is serious about making it onto the 2020 ballot, or whether that's even possible. (Several fans referenced the title of his sophomore album on Twitter jokes about his "late registration") Last November at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York, West again announced its intention to run for president — but in 2024. That speech also gave rise to crowd laughter, to which West said, "What are you all laughing at? We 'd build too many jobs there! I just won't hide, I walk. I walk. When you see headlines saying 'Kanye 's mad' — one in three African-Americans is in jail and all the celebrities are still in jail because they can't say something, they have no voice, they 're so afraid! At West's latest campaign announcement on Saturday, several people on Twitter were already snickering. (Some replied with memes implying that West's nemesis dating back to the 2009 VMAs, the newly politically outspoken Taylor Swift, should be a more suitable candidate.) Even others naturally thought that this was all just some marketing ploy to sell new 'Ye music dropping early. Namely, West 's friend and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who said he had "absolute support" for West.






    Many other alarmed tweeters, however, expressed the valid concern that if West were to run, presumably on an independent ticket, it would be able to siphon votes from presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden, split the vote and thus ensure the reelection of President Trump — and they theorized that this is indeed the real agenda of the rapper. 



    West has recently distanced himself from President Trump on Highsnobiety 's lifestyle site, also revealing that he supposedly fabricated his Trump support for keeping innocent Black inmates out of jail all the time. (Western wife Kim Kardashian, a prison reform advocate, met with Trump in 2018 to lobby for the commutation of Chris Young and Alice Marie Johnson's sentences, and was instrumental in persuading Trump to support the First Move Act, a bipartisan criminal justice bill passed by Congress in December 2018.) However, in the past, West has definitely displayed passion for Trump, Proudly wearing a red hat entitled "Make America Great Again" and even meeting the president several times.
    A representative for West did not respond immediately to a request for comment from Yahoo Entertainment.         

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