Kanye West has announced he is running for president of the United States, just four months before election day.
The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day with the announcement on Twitter, which was met with mixed reactions.
‘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! #2020VISION’, he tweeted on Saturday.
The rapper had sparked speculation over the years that he would potentially enter the presidential race one day, most recently in November, when he said he planned to run in 2024.
Campaign launch: Kanye West has announced that he’s running for president of the United States, with just four months until election day (pictured in February, 2020)
Presidential bid: The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated Independence Day with the announcement on Twitter, which was met with mixed reactions
Wife Kim Kardashian had little to say immediately after the announcement, but showed her support by tweeting an American Flag emoji in response
Saturday’s announcement, which came amid Fourth of July celebrations and protests across the country, immediately caused a stir on social media.
Fellow eccentric billionaire Elon Musk was among the first to endorse the rapper and sparked rumors that he could be Ye’s running mate after replying: ‘You have my full support!’
Earlier this week West had visited the Tesla founder and posted a photo on Twitter from their possible meeting of minds.
Several fans replied to the announcement, proposing: ‘and can @elonmusk be your VP?’
Wife Kim Kardashian had little to say immediately after the news broke, but showed her support for her husband by tweeting an American Flag emoji in response.
Biggest supporter: Fellow eccentric billionaire Elon Musk sparked rumors that he could be Ye’s running mate, as he responded to the tweet: ‘You have my full support!’
Meeting of minds: West took to Twitter this week after visiting the Tesla founder, posting a photo from their possible meeting of minds
The tweet was met mostly with skepticism, one user referencing his infamous snub of Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs: ‘Imma let you finish but no.’
It is unclear if he has filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.
While there is no official deadline to enter the presidential race, candidates must meet certain filing requirements under Ballot Access Laws that vary by state.
The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states, including California.
‘Is this a ploy to try and get trump re-elected,’ another follower wrote, accusing him to try and split the vote in Trump’s favor.
West did not provide further details on his campaign or his party affiliation with his announcement, both he and Musk have thrown their support behind Trump in the past.
In 2018, Kanye infamously and sensationally revealed his support for Donald Trump in a seires
Back in May, Musk thanked Trump for suggesting on Twitter that the Tesla plant in California should be allowed to remain open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.