Kanye West’s Presidential Announcement Is Challenging Our Ability to Be Astonished

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No, it’s not official yet, but American rapper Kanye West announced on Twitter his plans to join the 2020 presidential race.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” West said. “I am running for president of the United States.”

It seems that after the victory and the controversial administration of Donald Trump, everyone thinks they’re capable of being president.

However, although there is no evidence that West has set up a campaign organization or introduced papers to the Federal Election Commission, West’s sympathy for the Trump presidency makes many think that it is, in fact, a ploy to help Trump’s re-election campaign.

“Kayne West running for president benefits Donald Trump’s chances for re-election, plain and simple. It doesn’t matter if they declare they are working together formally, because they obviously are,” wrote Amee Vanderpool, writer, lawyer and analyst, on Twitter.

She later added: “In case anyone was wondering, yesthis is a move for publicity that both Kim and Kanye think will somehow benefit their brand. If you are not done already with the Kardashians, please consider it now and help send a message.”

West first announced his intentions to run for president back in 2015, while accepting his Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards, ET reported. “I don’t know what I’m fitting to lose after this it don’t matter though because it ain’t about me, it’s about new ideas, bro, people with ideas, people who believe in truth,” he said. “And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

At the time, President Donald Trump even reacted to Kanye’s interest in taking office, telling Rolling Stone, “He’s actually a different kind of person than people think, he’s a nice guy. I hope to run against him someday.”

For some, this is just another incident that demonstrates how privilege can blind.

“Do you guys think this is all a joke? That potentially pulling votes away from the only nominee who can defeat Donald Trump is cute or funny?” actor and Band of Ghosts lead Singer Eric Balfour responded to West’s tweet. “This is the height of privilege, ultimately it won’t hurt you, you’re wealthy enough to survive 4 more years of Trump!”

One way or another, it seems that there are those who still insist on overlooking the risk of putting the wrong person in power.