KANYE WEST has announced he is in the running to become President of the United States.
In an unexpected move, the platinum-selling rapper revealed his plans in a Tweet sent out to mark US Independence Day, July 4.
The message read: “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”.
The announce drew the endorsement of his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and Tesla founder Elon Musk.
Kardashian West retweeted Kanye’s announcement alongside a US flag emoji.
Musk, meanwhile, responded by saying: “You have my full support!”
The 43-year-old has previously hinted that he would run for the White House.
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
In a speech at the 2015 Video Music Awards 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, West appeared to back track on those claims after a series of meetings with Donald Trump in which he endorsed the current President while wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap.
The most recent of these encounters came in 2018 when West infamously told Trump he made him feel like Superman, hugged him and declared: “I love this guy right here.”
Asked if West had the makings of a future presidential candidate at the time, Trump replied: “Could very well be.”
However, West appeared to rebuff any notions of running against Trump, telling reporters: “Only after 2024. Let’s stop worrying about the future. All we really have is today. We just have today.”
You have my full support!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
In January last year, West tweeted out the number “2024” in a message many interpreted as a sign he would run for the White House that year.
There is now growing belief that West could run as an independent or third-party campaign in the style of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader.
Despite the announcement, it’s not clear if the musician has filed any official paperwork to appear on ballots