Over the weekend, Kayne West posted a tweet announcing his intentions of running in the 2020 US presidential election. Unsurprisingly, the announcement received widespread attention, racking up over 1 million likes.
Yet how likely is it that Kanye will actually successfully run and gain Presidency of the United States of America? I mean, stranger things have happened (aka Trump being elected back in 2016) – but could the rapper logistically get his foot in the door of the White House? Whilst Kim K as First Lady might seem far-fetched, 2020 hasn’t been the year we expected, so really, anything is possible at this point.
Kanye West would need to run as an independent or third-party candidate if he really wants the title of President of the United States.
It’s hard to read whether Kanye West is serious about most of the things he says and claims; half the time he seems to have lost the plot. But if he is truly intending to run for president – with zero experience as a politician – how exactly would this go down?
There are quite a few obstacles which would make things harder for the rapper. A candidate has to adhere to the rules for getting onto a ballot in each state, a process which requires a certain number of signatures in order to be approved. This has already been made more difficult in the midst of a global pandemic. But even more so, Kanye would be entering the race very late in the game and big states such as Indiana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, and Texas have already closed their applications for new candidates. This would mean that voters would have to specifically write down Kanye’s name, which would not be listed on the official ballot paper.
It seems things only get worse for Kanye because he also doesn’t have any staffing or clear policy platform to back his candidacy. It could be said that Trump only had a footing because he, at the very least, had this to prop him up.
Since the news was announced, some have even speculated that perhaps Kanye’s decision to run is simply a move to help re-elect Trump by taking away votes from Biden.
This is a ploy by Kanye to get Trump re-elected, Do NOT fall for it!!!! This is just to steal votes from Biden which only helps Trump
— Gordon Gekko “Greed Mode” (@KingSelfComedy) July 5, 2020
We all agree that trump is leveraging his relationship with Kanye and Elon Musk etc to create a distraction to suck up oxygen leading up to the election? And we’re all gonna ignore it and not like or retweet anything about it, right? (Except to call it out)
— Benjamin Franklin🆘11/4 (@benFranklin2018) July 6, 2020
Despite this, there are a few things in Kanye’s favour. He has a major following, as does Kim Kardashian, and he is a born-again Christian which would definitely appeal to a certain demographic across the States. Oh, and did we mention that Elon Musk is also backing Kanye’s candidacy all the way?
Sit tight, it seems that 2020 has more in store for us.
You have my full support!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020