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Kanye West announced his bid for President of the United States via twitter Sunday

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American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, composer, entrepreneur and fashion designer Kanye West, 43, announced his bid for President of the United States Saturday, tweeting, “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.” Following the announcement, thousands of fans tweeted their support for the hip hop icon, including his wife Kim Kardashian West and entrepreneur Elon Musk. ~

According to BBC, this is not the first time West has announced intentions to run for President of the United States. In his acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, West announced that he would run for president in 2020, but seemingly delayed these plans in January 2019 when he tweeted “2024”. With the election only four months away, it remains unclear whether West is serious about contesting President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for the presidency, as the rapper has yet to register with the Federal Election Commission, receive enough signatures to get on the November ballot, and present a campaign platform. According to Ballotpedia, West will be unable to register as an independent in many states due to passed deadlines, and has made no indications of directly challenging Trump or Biden for their respective party’s nominations. West has already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in Indiana, Maine, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas. ~

West has been an avid supporter of President Donald Trump, sporting his red “Make America Great Again” hat on occasion, tweeting admiration for the president on Twitter numerous times, and making a visit to the Oval Office to speak with Trump about criminal justice reform in 2018. The rapper has also contradicted the idea that African-Americans predominantly vote for Democratic candidates, saying “People expect that if you’re black, you have to be Democrat.” However, BBC and CNN report that West has “diverged” from the President over the Black Lives Matter movement, which has protested against police brutality and racial injustice. ~

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