After months of courting controversy by publicly aligning himself with Donald Trump, alleging that African Americans are partly responsible for slavery and current oppression, a boastful claim about finally making millionaire status, controversial entertainment mogul, Kanye West finally made good on his earlier promises as he announced his US presidential bid on Saturday evening,
Ensuring a memorable fourth of July, the Black-American singer took to Twitter to announce his intentions to run for the office of United States President just four months to the general elections in November.
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
In his statement, he declared that “We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future”; capping off the tweet with “#2020vision” which many believe is his campaign slogan. He, however, did not attempt to provide any further details on his campaign plans and commitments.
Kanye had previously declared his intentions to run in the 2020 elections but had publicly retracted that stance in 2019 saying he wanted nothing to do with a political career, after his political alignment with Trump. It seems tides have now turned.
Tech giant, Elon Musk, quickly endorsed Kanye’s announcement, responding in a tweet saying Kanye had his full support.
Nevertheless, this can’t be said of many others as people took to social media to voice strong opinions on the development. Some stated that both President Trump and Kanye West were making the United States into a laughing stock. Nigerians also confidently alluded this stance saying the USA was more of a joke than Nigeria.
Thank you, Kanye. Thank you, Donald. Now America is officially a joke on the very day we won our independence. At least we can watch an infinite loop of Hamilton and remember what we could've been.
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) July 5, 2020
Kanye running for president just shows usa politics are literally a joke lmfao pic.twitter.com/YLJJ6pFcj9
— Paoloᴮˡᵐ (@Ic3lad) July 5, 2020
A need for caution was also expressed as many declared that people should not vote for Kanye as a joke or otherwise because it would further divide the votes available to his running mate, Joe Biden. They went further to say this was a ploy to ensure the incumbent US President, Donald Trump gets a second term in office.
PLEASE. DONT. VOTE. FOR. KANYE. AS. A. JOKE.
— phia♡︎ (@tbslonelyheartt) July 5, 2020
Kanye is not contesting. He is confusing the blacks on behalf of Trump.
Don’t give him attention.
— Robert Alai (@RobertAlai) July 5, 2020
i will never forgive you asshats if you vote for kanye west as a joke. pic.twitter.com/hwUFI2pkyq
— zeina⁷ #?⭐️ (@khalidsbtss) July 5, 2020
Kings and Queens do not be fooled by Kanye running for President! If we take our votes away from Biden then Trump will be President Again! Do not fall for it. Educate yourself! Each one teach one!?? pic.twitter.com/oSnREqHnBG
— Earnest Hargraves (Follow Me) (@EarnestDALDrip) July 5, 2020
Many laid emphasis on how it was a truly terrible idea to vote Kanye West into power, sharing screenshots of earlier ludicrous statements he had made such as “Slavery is a choice” amongst many other things. They questioned his ability to properly advocate for people of colour, ridiculed his obsession with Donald Trump and shared their worries about his naked ambition.
— rol magaña 八 (@rol_o) July 5, 2020
Many even took time to point out how absurd it would be if West wins the seat and eventually becomes President, making Kim Kardashian a First lady. With many implying that she was incapable of taking up the position.
Kanye West announced that he will be running for president in 2020. Now imagine if Kim Kardashian becomes the first lady ?? pic.twitter.com/Oev9hGnZHm
— Abhishek (@Abhishekismm) July 5, 2020
— Humourously_Yours (@Sagarrrrcasm) July 5, 2020
Notable comedic personality, Tiffany Haddish took to Twitter to tweet a parodical copy-cat tweet, in light of Kanye’s announcement, that she too would be running for president. Several people are following suit, and have resulted in joking about the latest development.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I too am running for president of the United States ??! #2020VISION
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) July 5, 2020
Still, some have expressed a desire for Kanye to succeed in his race for a presidential seat and have thrown him full support. If Kanye wins, he would become the first African American president to be elected into office, separating him from Barack Obama whose father was a first generation Kenyan immigrant and who had Kenyan citizenship and African half siblings. A significant part of Donald Trump’s rise to power and was built around questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s claim to an African American heritage.
Is it bad that I actually want kanye to run for president pic.twitter.com/Gz9c5BDy0e
— ???? ✯ (@Aayaaar) July 5, 2020
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