UPDATE: Yeezy says he’s officially running for president in 2020

Kanye West took time for what must have been a very busy July 4th holiday to announce that he’s going to challenge his BFF Donald Trump for the office of President of the United States. Yes, this year.

Er, okay. It’s a bit late to enter the race, especially since deadlines for filing intentions to run have already passed in a number of states. And what party? He’ll have to run as an independent.

So is he serious?

  • Ye is apparently worth a billion dollars, as his his wife. He can afford to self-finance at least part of a run.
  • Both he and Kim have a strong command of social media.
  • Name recognition? Check.
  • It’s a fact that a substantial number of Americans can be swayed to vote for a celebrity.

Maybe, though, this is a fake-out. Could he as an independent candidate siphon away votes from Joe Biden for his friend Donald?

Instead, this is most likely just a publicity stunt to hype his music and clothing line. Kanye likes headlines just as much as Trump does. But wouldn’t it be wild to see him on the debate stage as we get closer to November?


  1. Fox and Friends really likes this idea of Kanye running.
  2. Elon Musk has backed Kanye’s run.
  3. Here’s the kind of scrutiny Yeezy would have to endure if he’s serious about being president.
  4. Taylor Swift fans are now urging her to run as a counterbalance to Kanye.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “UPDATE: Yeezy says he’s officially running for president in 2020

  • July 5, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    This isn’t a marketing ploy at all

    • July 5, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      Nope. Nope. Nope. Just because Kanye has some new music coming, it…oh, wait.


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