Democrat Joe Biden is challenging Republican incumbent Donald Trump for the US presidency in November. However according to his social media announcement Kanye, one of the world’s most successful musicians, is also entering the fray.
He tweeted: “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!”
He accompanied the announcement with an American flag emoji and the hashtag #2020VISION.
The dramatic announcement provoked a mixed reaction from other users of the social media site.
Kanye West has announced his intention to run for the US Presidency
Kanye West is one of the world’s most successful musicians
Kanye was immediately backed by his wife, Kim Kardashian, who quote tweeted his post along with an American flag icon.
Billionaire businessman Elon Musk was also enthusiastic tweeting: “You have my full support!”
However other Twitter users pointed out Kanye might struggle to register his candidacy just four months before the election.
Marques Brownless, a New York based video producer, tweeted: “I think you might be a tiny bit late for this election.
Kanye West pictured with wife Kim Kardashian
Author John Pavlovitz added: “You may be the only person more needy and insecure than our current president.”
Kanye didn’t announce any policies nor whether he plans to run as an independent or as the nominee of a political party.
US politics is dominated by the Republican and Democratic parties with third or no party candidates having very little chance of success.
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Kanye West received the backing of business tycoon Elon Musk
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Kanye has previously teased a presidential run suggesting he could stand in 2024 last November.
Earlier this week Kanye posted a photo of himself with Mr Musk.
Referencing his jacket and part of Mr Musk’s t-shirt he added: “When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange.”
Back in 2018 Kanye posted a picture of himself wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat and praided President Trump.
He commented: “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him.”
The remark caused controversy which Kanye later opened up about in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
Describing the reaction to his comments Kanye said: “It reminded me of how I felt as a black guy before I was famous, when I would walk in a restaurant and people would look at you like you were going to steal something.
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“This is your place, Ye, don’t talk about apparel. This is your place, Ye, you’re black, so you’re a Democrat.”
Kanye has also previously praised right-wing black activist Candace Owens who encouraged African Americans to leave, or “Blaxit”, the Democratic Party.
Back in 2005, in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he stated: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”