Kanye West has announced his plans to run for president in 2020.
It’s not apparent how serious he is about running, but it seems unlikely the polarizing entertainer could actually unseat Trump. It’s probably more likely he could use a little publicity for his upcoming album, “God’s Country,” and its first single, “Wash Us in the Blood,” which was released earlier this week.
But Trump himself was a reality TV star and former President Ronald Reagan of course made his name as a Hollywood actor before entering politics.
West, 43, made a surreal appearance in the Oval Office in October 2018, meeting with Trump after professing his love for the current president. The move ostracized the Chicago rapper from many of his peers in the entertainment industry. In the end it turned out West hadn’t even voted in the 2016 election.
Trump said the rapper “could very well be” a future presidential candidate.
“Only after …” West responded, referring to after Trump left office.
“That’s good, I’m glad to hear that,” Trump said.
Apparently, he’s moved up the date.
He seemed to imply in the May issue of GQ that he was going to vote for Trump this year.
“We know who I’m voting on,” West told the magazine. “And I’m not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I’m still here!”
Trump has also made acquaintances with West’s wife. Kardashian has visited the White House multiple times and met with Trump to push the criminal reform policy. She first met with the president in 2018 when she secured the commutation of a Tennessee woman’s life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.
Kardashian visited the White House most recently in March along with three other women who had their sentences commuted by the president.
For what it’s worth, Kardashian tweeted an American flag emoji in response to her husband’s declaration.