Kanye West (AP/Lionel Cironneau)

Kanye West announces presidential bid -- no really, we're not kidding

It's not until 2020, but still, is can't possibly be too soon to start campaigning, could it?


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 31, 2015 4:59PM (UTC)

After admitting that he had "smoke[d] something" before arriving onstage at the MTV Music Video Awards to accept a lifetime achievement honor, rapper and American extraordinaire announced that he was running for president -- in 2020.

No really, we're not kidding, he actually did that. "As you probably could've guessed in this moment, I've decided in 2020 to run for president," he said, possibly because he's jealous of the attention Donald Trump's campaign is garnering.

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Of course, unlike Trump, West has some actual talent to accompany his ego, but that's not the point. Also of course, it's difficult to tell what West thought the point of announcing this was, especially given that he and wife Kim Kardashian attend a Hillary Clinton fundraiser earlier this month, and if she won, he'd be running against her.

But if Kanye wants to run, we say let him run -- he's a reflection of America, flaws and all, and if he decides to run, he may well be the very candidate America deserves.

Watch Kanye's announcement at the Video Music Awards below via MTV.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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