President Kanye West? Rapper says he will run for top job in US election

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Rapper Kanye West with US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House - Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Rapper Kanye West with US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House - Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

American performer Kanye West, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Mr Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

"We must now realise the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States," West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag #2020VISION.

West announced to the world several years ago that he was planning to run for president in 2020. Then in 2018 he said he was distancing himself from politics and "completely focusing on being creative".

It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the November 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.

The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.

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Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West - REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West - REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

West and his equally famous wife, Kim Kardashian West, have visited Mr Trump in the White House.

At one meeting in October 2018, West delivered a rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation.

Kanye West hugs Donald Trump in Washington - Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
Kanye West hugs Donald Trump in Washington - Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

 

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts, endorsed West's Twitter post: "You have my full support," he wrote.

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