Hark back to August 30th, 2015 at the MTV VMA awards. The show that saw Kanye West defiantly announce, “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
Kanye West is a man of his word, on July 4th, the rap auteur tweeted: “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸!”.
West’s announcement that he would be running for office was, obviously, met with a polarising response. Tesla founder Elon Musk immediately jumped to the support of West, tweeting “You have my full support!”, and Kim Kardashian quote-tweeted her husband’s announcement, alongside an American flag emoji.
Unfortunately, a future where we’re all dripped out in Yeezy like a 21st century Mao suit, living in tattooine domes, might be more of a grand concept than a tangible future. It has been reported that although publicly acknowledging his bid for presidency, Kanye hasn’t actually filed any of the paperwork required to run for president with the Federal Election Commission.
As BBC News report, the only candidate on the FEC database that bears resemblance to Mr. West is a candidate called “Kanye Deez Nutz West”, who filed their papers with the Green Party in 2015 under the address “1977 Golddigger Avenue, Suite Yeezus” and has, thus far, raised $0 in donations.
Kanye’s tweet did not affiliate his presidential bid with either the Democratic or Republican political parties. At this stage of the collection, contesting the nomination of either parties would be near impossible — with the election set to take place in just four months.
In order to run as an independent candidate, West would have to acquire a required amount of signatures and register in states before a deadline. Though filing deadlines have passed in many different states, West could launch a write-in campaign for president.