Kanye West | Credit: David Shankbone/Flickr
Kanye West is reportedly serious about his plans to run for president.
On the podcast “The Dan Wootton Interview,” John Legend revealed that West’s presidential ambition for 2024 is not a joke. “He’s said it multiple times,” Legends said of West’s intention to join the presidential run. “Yeah, I think he’s serious.”
Legend, however, isn’t sure whether Kim Kardashian’s husband would run as a Republican or Democrat. “I’d guess he’d run as an independent, but he’s never told me anything about what party he would run from. But he’s said multiple times that he’s interested in running for president,” Legend said of West, before sharing why he thinks the “Gold Digger” rapper is an avid supporter of Donald Trump.
“I think that’s part of why he likes Trump is because I think he sees some aspects of himself in Trump and sees that Trump winning makes it feel like he could do it too,” the “All of Me” hitmaker explained.
News that West is serious about running for president has drawn mixed reactions from social media users. Several people on Twitter think that idea of West as a presidential candidate is ridiculous.
— Gale Turner Strong (@GaleTStrong) September 7, 2018
Holy God, say it ain’t so….🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
— SafiMaasai (@SafiMaasai) September 7, 2018
RIP America. It LITERALLY has become a reality TV show now!!
— Muhammad Shoaib (@MrMShoaib) September 7, 2018
While some netizens are worried that West might become the next president, others believe that it won’t be an easy feat for the father of three.
LMAO NEVER in a MILLION YEARS will Kanye West become President. We are already suffering under one YUGE mistake, we won't be stupid enough to do it, AGAIN.
— Jeanne (@Jeanne0256) September 7, 2018
Nja it cant get worse than now, but I really hope the american people have learned a lesson and not once more will put a non fit/ not competent person in WH!
— BODIL LEHRMANN (@BodilLehrmann) September 7, 2018
Running for president is one thing and to win its another
— Thabo Tembo (@ThaboTembo) September 7, 2018
Despite serious concerns about West’s presidential ambition, there are a few Twitter users who would actually like to see the 21-time Grammy winner enter the political arena just for fun.
— CheekyWisdom (@CheekyWise) September 7, 2018
Kanye West For President
West first revealed his desire to run for president at the 2015 MTV Video Music Award. “I’m confident. I believe in myself,” the Atlanta-born music artist said at the latter part of his lengthy acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award that year. “We the millennials, bruh. This is a new mentality. We not going to control our kids with brands. We not going to teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We going to teach our kids that they can be something. We can teach our kids that they can stand up for themselves. We going to teach our kids to believe in themselves. If my grandfather was here right now, he would not let me back down.”
“I don’t know what I finna lose after this,” he continued. “It don’t matter, though; It’s not about me. It’s about ideas. New ideas. People with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Apparently, West’s plans have changed. In an interview with Power 92 Chicago just last week, West said that if he ran, it wouldn’t be until 2024. Also worth noting in the interview was that West was pretty confident that he would win. “If I decide to do it, it will be done,” West said. “I’m not going to try.”
While 2024 is still six years from now, West already has an idea of what his presidential campaign would be like. “[It would be] the Trump campaign and maybe the Bernie Sanders principles. That would be my mix,” West said in an interview with radio host Charlamagne Tha God in May.
Though West is famous in the music, fashion, and reality TV scenes, the results of a poll conducted by CNN in May suggest that he still needs to work on his popularity among voters. At the time, following his alignment with Trump, 23 percent of Americans had favorable and 53 percent had unfavorable opinions of West. Also, the results of the poll showed that 52 percent of Americans who heard about West’s comments on politics think that the rapper is only seeking publicity, while 39 percent thinks he really believes what he is saying.