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Rapper Kanye West Announces He Is Running For US President

American rapper Kanye West has announced he is going to run for President in the 2020 Presidential elections in America.

The announcement was quickly endorsed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk who  tweeted  at the 43-year-old, “You have my full support!”

Having leaned more into politics in recent years, including a handful of meetings with Donald Trump, the announcement follows numerous statements by West in the past about his intentions to run for the highest office in the land — most recently last November at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. The difference with that announcement was his presidential sights were set on a 2024 bid.

“When I run for President in 2024,” West began, interrupted by an outbreak of laughter in the audience. “What y’all laughing at? We would create so many jobs! I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk. When you see headlines saying Kanye’s crazy — one in three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing, they got no opinion, they’re so scared!”

West stunned viewers during the  2015 MTV VMAs when he announced a potential 2020 run after receiving the Video Vanguard Award from Taylor Swift. Later that year, he emphasized his intentions to run while at New York Fashion Week debuting the second season of his Yeezy clothing line.

It is unclear if West has filed any paperwork necessary to run for president this election year, which would mean he’d likely have to run as a write-in candidate. As of Saturday evening, the only candidate for president named Kanye West in the FEC database  for the 2020 election year is a Green Party candidate named “Kanye Deez Nutz West.”

The United States of America is set to go for Presidential elections later this year.

Source: Hollywood Reporter