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Kanye West Announces He's Running For US President

Kanye West Announces He's Running For US President

Kanye West has said he's running for US president - 2020 is relentless, isn't it?

The rapper made the announcement on Twitter, where he revealed his intentions to run just four months ahead of election day.

He wrote:

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And it seems as though he's already got a couple of influential supporters - naturally, his wife Kim Kardashian West, who tweeted out his announcement alongside an American flag to her 65.5 million followers.

Meanwhile, billionaire and pal Elon Musk wrote: "You have my full support!"

Well, with Musk as a potential run mate and Kim looking after his social media channels, I think Biden and Trump need to watch out.

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter
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Although this is the first time he's announced himself as in the running for POTUS, Kanye has spoken previously about wanting to become president in 2020.

All the way back in 2015, at the MTV Music Video Awards, Kanye said he would be running in 2020... and, well, here we are.

Singer John Legend confirmed back in 2018 that the 43-year-old was very serious when he said he would run.

Speaking on the Dan ­Wootton Interview podcast, he said: "He's said it multiple times. Yeah, I think he's serious.

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"I'd guess he'd run as an independent, but he's never told me anything about what party he would run from. But he's said multiple times that he's interested in running for president."

Elon Musk has said Kanye has his 'full support'. Credit: Twitter/Kanye West
Elon Musk has said Kanye has his 'full support'. Credit: Twitter/Kanye West

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And it seems that Kanye is fairly confident in his ability to pick up votes, just last year he told Zane Lowe: "There will be a time when I will be the president of the US and I will remember... any founder that didn't have the capacity to understand culturally what we're doing."

And in a 2018 interview with Power 92 Chicago's DJ Pharris, he said: "If I decide to do it, it will be done, I'm not going to try." Strong words.

He also revealed some of his presidency plans, adding: "One of my main things once I'm president is the medical industry. I'm going to make sure that the medical industry flourishes."

To run as an independent candidate, Kanye would need to petition to be included on the election ballot in all 50 states - and he better get a move on because several states have deadlines to register for the 2020 election in the next few weeks.

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Yahoo News White House correspondent Hunter Walker also tweeted that there are at least nine states where Kanye would be too late to register, including Texas, New York and Illinois.

As yet, Trump has not acknowledged Kanye's announcement but I'm sure it'll be one to look out for.

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Topics: Music, US News, Politics

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]