On Saturday 4 July 2020, billionaire rapper Kanye West announced he was running for President. In a Tweet to his 29 million followers, West wrote: "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 is not the first time West has announced a bid for Presidency. But many believe this time he plans to act on his plans. Little is known about his policy agenda, or what his election vision entails. So, what are the implications of Kanye running for office?
There are no implications to Kanye West running for presidentShow moreShow less
Kanye has said he will run for office before, without following through. And were Ye to run, with just four months to go before the election, it's too late for him to have any meaningful impact.
In March 2020, Kanye recorded his tenth studio album "God's Country". Many see his Tweet announcement as a bid to shift the world's attention back to him and his music before its release.
As Forbes Entertainment Editor Brian Rolli writes of Kanye's Presidential bid, "There are two types of people in this world: those who believe Kanye West is actually running for president, and those who know how album promotional cycles work."
West has taken none of the steps necessary to register as a Presidential candidate. Instead, his energies have been focused on his soon-to-be-released album. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that this is anything other than a promotional stunt in the lead up to the album coming out.