Kanye West announced on the Fourth of July that he plans to run for president in 2020 — potentially to make good on a promise he made five years before during the 2015 MTV VMAs.
“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,” West tweeted Saturday evening, along with the hashtag #2020VISION.
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.
As I pointed out in a 2019 Reasonstory, despite his oft-repeated fandom for President Donald Trump, the only specific policy issues West has been public about supporting are criminal justice reform, getting more jobs into American cities, and gun control. He and Kim Kardashian West have been effective lobbyists for prison reform, both generically and in the specific matter of getting the nonviolent drug offender Alice Johnson out of prison.
Who is Candace Owens and why is Yeezy tweeting about her?
Who is Candace Owens? If you’d never heard of Candace Owens before yesterday you’re not alone. The conservative commentator who’s been called the ‘next Tomi Lahren’ and YouTube star was working her way up the media ladder slowly until she got a huge social media boost — from Kanye West.
The hip-hop star and Kardashian spouse busted Owens’ world wide open when he tweeted: