Kanye West announces that he’s running for president on Twitter… and Elon Musk says the rapper has his vote
- Kanye West announced his 2020 presidential bid in a tweet on Saturday
- The rapper is entering the race just four months before the election
- He was immediately endorsed by Elon Musk who replied: ‘you have my full support!’
- Wife Kim Kardashian showed her support for her husband by tweeting an American flag
Kanye West has announced he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day.
The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day with the announcement on Twitter, which was met with mixed reactions.
‘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’, he tweeted on Saturday.
The rapper had sparked speculation over the years that he would potentially enter the presidential race one day, most recently in November, when he said he planned to run in 2024.
Campaign launch: Kanye West has announced that he’s running for president of the United States, with just four months until election day (pictured in February, 2020)
Presidential bid: The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day with the announcement on Twitter, which was met with mixed reactions
Wife Kim Kardashian had little to say immediately after the announcement, but showed her support by tweeting an American Flag emoji in response
Saturday’s announcement, which came amid Fourth of July celebrations and protests across the country, immediately caused a stir on social media.
Fellow eccentric billionaire Elon Musk was among the first to endorse the rapper and sparked rumors that he could be Ye’s running mate after replying: ‘You have my full support!’
Earlier this week, West had visited the Tesla founder posting a photo on Twitter from their possible meeting of minds.
Several fans replied to the announcement, proposing: ‘and can @elonmusk be your VP?’
Wife Kim Kardashian appeared to show her support for her husband by tweeting an American Flag emoji in response.
The tweet was met mostly with skepticism, one user referencing his infamous snub of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs: ‘Imma let you finish but no.’
‘Is this a ploy to try and get trump re-elected,’ another follower wrote, accusing him to try and split the vote in Trump’s favor.
Biggest supporter: Fellow eccentric billionaire Elon Musk sparked rumors that he could be Ye’s running mate, as he responded to the tweet: ‘You have my full support!’
Meeting of minds: West took to Twitter this week after visiting the Tesla founder, posting a photo from their possible meeting of minds
Although he didn’t offer up any platforms or party affiliation with his announcement, both West and Musk have thrown their support behind Trump in the past.
Back in May, Musk thanked Trump for suggesting on Twitter that the Tesla plant in California should be allowed to remain open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.