Kanye West has declared he will run for US president in 2020, a stranger-than-fiction move backed by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
The rapper made his announcement on Twitter on 4 July, as millions of Americans were celebrating Independence Day.
“We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States #2020VISION,” he tweeted.
Musk replied to West’s tweet and said: “You have my full support!” Earlier this week, West posted a photo of both men posing in similar outfits the Tesla founder’s home.
Kim Kardashian-West retweeted her husband's announcement with an emoji of the American flag.
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)
West previously suggested he would run for the White House in 2015, during a speech at the 2015 Video Music Awards, when he said: “It’s about ideas, people who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
However, he appeared to postpone his plans to campaign after meeting US president Donald Trump in 2016 at the Oval Office, when he tweeted “#2024”.
West has been a vocal supporter of Trump, sporting a Make America Great Again hat during his meeting with the current president and declared: “I love this guy right here.”
In order to run for president, West would have to do so as an independent candidate and file official paperwork to appear on state election ballots. The deadline to file has already passed in Indiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Texas.
Reactions to the announcement have ranged from bewildered to sceptical, with some endorsing the rapper for president and others questioning what his leadership would look like in light of his support of Trump.