Kanye 2020


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Kanye West announced his candidacy on July 4th of this year via Twitter.

Thompson Wakefield, Staff Writer

Kanye West is a Chicago-born rapper and producer, often credited with being one of the most influential figures in hip-hop history. Despite holding this glamorous title, he has recently been in the news for different reasons. From openly supporting President Trump and becoming extremely religious to sharing his belief that “slavery was a choice,” West has been running into controversy left and right. 

On July 4 of this year, via Twitter, West officially announced his bid for president of the United States, something he had been discussing since 2015. Since his official announcement, West has also declared that he is running under the “Birthday Party” political party with his running mate Michelle Tidball, a Christian preacher.

As expected, the vast majority of Americans see his candidacy as a joke, a malicious tactic to get President Trump reelected or yet another example of his unchecked mental problems. 

West’s campaign had a rocky start, missing six states’ deadlines by the time he announced his candidacy. According to an article by ABC News, this means it’s currently impossible for West to reach the 270 electoral votes required to win. But will that stop Kanye?

No one really knows. It’s impossible to determine whether West is still running for president or not as it seems he changes his mind every other day. This is likely due to his untreated bipolar disorder that he and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, have been rather open about recently. Kardashian West told Vogue magazine in an interview that her husband fails to take his medication for his disorder, saying “It just changes who he is.”

West’s bipolar disorder also may explain his wide variety of policies, which he explained in a Forbes interview four days after he announced his bid. Some of his positions are left leaning, like saying he no longer supports President Trump and being opposed to the death penalty. Others may appeal to the right, such as being pro-life and focusing on “protecting America, first, with our great military.” Many of West’s policies pertain to no one group in particular, like his idea of modeling the White House after Black Panther’s fictional country Wakanda and his belief that America must “clean up the chemicals. In our deodorant, in our toothpaste, there are chemicals that affect our ability to be of service to God.”

While there is almost no chance that West will be the next president of the United States, it’s not completely unreasonable to think he could be someday. Ever since President Trump was elected, the United States has seen a wave of non-politicians running for office. People like Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer and Rocky De La Fuente all ran for president this year, getting hundreds of thousands of votes without ever having a political history. 

West already has a massive fan base and more than enough money to campaign across the nation. If he were to take his candidacy seriously in the future, Ye might not just be ruler of the rap game.