With a tweet Kanye West announced again that he wants to run for the highest office in the United States. "We now have to fulfill America's promise by trusting God, uniting our vision and building our future. I am running for President of the United States!" He wrote on July 4th, Independence Day. West receives support from Tesla boss Elon Musk, who also revealed this on Twitter.
Kanye West wants to be president
West is surprisingly bizarre Twitter-Not an announcement, however. Because it's not the first time that the rapper says he wants to be president. Two years ago, he told a radio show that he wanted to run in 2024. "If I decide to do that, it will happen. I won't just try," he said. At that time, he announced that he wanted to focus on the health system as president and would do better.
So now again: Kanye wants to go to the White House. But why actually? The time of his announcement could be a hint: The 43-year-old will soon release his new album "God's Country", the first single has already been released. In addition, his fashion cooperation with Gap was recently announced. Of course, a little publicity never hurts. One reason why some users rate his post on Twitter as a pure PR stunt.
He is a Trump fan
But it is known that the musician who grew up in Chicago has a big ego. "The worst thing in my life is that I will never see myself performing live," he said. Or also: "As far as geniuses go, I'm pretty good. I'm like a machine, like a robot. You can't insult a robot. I'm going to be a legend whether you like me or not. I'm the new Jim Morrison I'm the new Kurt Cobain. "
Kanye West is convinced of himself. He can be, his musical and pop-cultural successes speak for themselves. But politically, Kim Kardashian's husband is highly controversial. This is also due to his support for the US President Donald Trump. Again and again he showed up with "Make America Great Again" cap, said after his visit to the White House that he had "felt like Superman" with it. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, he rowed something back. "It wasn't about politics – it was about overcoming fear and doing what you want," West said.
In the White House, West also said that he was working on an airplane with Apple. "This is what our president should fly. (..) If Donald Trump doesn't look good, we don't look good either. This is our president," he said.
Many African Americans are mad at the West
But his statements about Trump and above all about slavery have horrified many people in the past. In an interview with the "TMZ" editorial office two years ago, he said that 400 years of slavery was a "choice". He also said Trump was "his boy" and that he loved him.
If West really wanted to be serious, Trump would become his political opponent. But some US citizens also see West's candidacy as a threat to the Democrats Joe Biden. Because the majority of African-Americans in the United States vote for Democrats. If too many of them gave West their vote instead, the rapper could, conversely, secure Trump's re-election.
One thing is clear: if he really wants to run as a candidate, West would have to start as an independent candidate. In six states, the deadline to get involved as a candidate has already passed, according to the newspaper "Business Insider".