FILE PHOTO: Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting with United States President Donald Trump to discuss criminal justice reform in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, USA, October 11. from 2018. REUTERS / Kevin Lamarque /
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, announced Saturday that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Trump and his alleged Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Now we must deliver on America’s promise by trusting God, unifying our vision, and building our future. I’m running for president of the United States, “West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag” # 2020VISION. ”
It was not immediately clear if West was serious about the presidency four months before the Nov. 3 election or if he had submitted any official documents to appear on state ballots.
The deadline for adding independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.
West and his equally famous wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump at the White House.
At a meeting in October 2018, West delivered a labyrinthine, blasphemous speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation.
Elon Musk, CEO of electric car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for his eccentric outbursts, endorsed West’s Twitter post: “You have my full support!” he wrote.
Report by Julia Harte; Edition of Mary Milliken and Clarence Fernandez