Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get more surreal, Kanye West has announced that he will run for US president in the upcoming 2020 election.
The 43-year-old rapper and fashion designer shared his declaration on Twitter on Independence Day in America (July 4), causing a stir on social media.
"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," he wrote.
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's wife reality TV star Kim Kardashian responded to the tweet with an American flag emoji, while Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote: "You have my full support."
There are only four months left to go before polling day on 3 November, and it is not known whether West has filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots. West would go up against Donald Trump - who he has been a vocal supporter of - and Democrat Joe Biden.
West and Kim Kardashian - who is currently training to become a criminal justice lawyer - previously visited the White House to discuss prison reform. In 2018, West was criticised for wearing a red "Make America Great Again" cap during a bizarre meeting with Trump, while the US President gloated: "Kanye's been a friend of mine for a long time."
This isn't the first time that the star has publicly made clear his ambition for presidential candidacy - at the 2015 MTV VMAs he said he would be running for president in 2020. And during a speech at last year's Fast Company Innovation Festival, he said he would be running in 2024.
When some members of the audience laughed, he replied: "What y'all laughing at? We would create so many jobs! I'm not going to run, I'm going to walk."
Meanwhile, West recently donated $2 million thus far to charities in support of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and also has set up a college fund to cover the tuition for Floyd's six-year-old daughter, Gianna Floyd.
West has also reportedly offered to cover the legal fees for the families of Arbery and Taylor, and has promised to help financially support Black-owned businesses in his hometown of Chicago.
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