Kanye West Joining The Race for President
Kanye West announced on Saturday that he is challenging Donald Trump for the U.S. presidency in 2020.
West tweeted: "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."
- This isn’t the first time West has come out and stated that he’s running for president. At the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, he said he decided to run for president in 2020.
- It’s still unclear which party West would be affiliated with. Joining to represent one of the major parties would be an impossible task with the election just 4 months away.
- In order to appear on the ballot, Kanye would have to run as an independent candidate. He has to gather a certain amount of signatures and register in states by a particular deadline. The deadline has passed in Indiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Texas.
Bigger Picture: Many on social media have dismissed the announcement as a publicity stunt. Others questioned: How did West go from being a vocal ally of President Donald Trump to announcing a run against him? Is this an attempt to draw some Black voters and young voters away from Democratic nominee Joe Biden?