Kanye West Says He's Running for President in 2020 and People Have Thoughts

Yes, as in the election happening in four months. 

  • In a tweet on Saturday night, Kanye West (opens in new tab) announced that he's running for president in the 2020 election.
  • The news quickly elicited a range of reactions (opens in new tab), including some from celebrities.
  • West has spoken about his intention to run for president in the 2020 election before, most notably at the 2015 MTV VMAs.

Kanye West (opens in new tab) says he's running for president in 2020—as in right now, in the current election.

On Saturday evening, the rapper took to Twitter (opens in new tab) to casually announce the news, writing, "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."

While it wasn't immediate clear if the announcement was serious, this is far from the first time West (opens in new tab) has mentioned running for president in the 2020 election.

"I don't know what I'm fitting to lose after this it don't matter though because it ain't about me, it's about new ideas bro people with ideas people who believe in truth. and yes, as you probably could've guessed by this moment I have decided in 2020 to run for president," he said at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (opens in new tab) while accepting his Video Vanguard Award.

West's announcement quickly garnered a range of reactions, including a tweet from Elon Musk (opens in new tab), who replied to the tweet, "You have my full support!" and West's wife, Kim Kardashian, also replied with an American flag emoji (opens in new tab).

The reactions to the tweet ranged from disbelief to full support to discussions about the rapper's past statements on slavery (opens in new tab) and his relationship with Donald Trump (opens in new tab). Here are just some of the Twitter reactions to Kanye West's tweet (opens in new tab) about his 2020 presidential run, which truly run the gamut:

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