One of Donald Trump’s biggest supporters made a shocking announcement.
This third-party candidate will shake up the race.
A jaw-dropping new candidate in the 2020 race is the last thing Trump expected.
Rapper Kanye West revealed big news on the 4th of July.
The news wasn’t the release of a new album or a new baby on the way, it’s that the 43-year-old rapper is running for president.
“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 tweeted.
Sources close to Kanye West say that the announcement isn’t a joke or a publicity stunt.
“Kanye is telling people close to him that his announcement of running for president is serious,” the source told ET. “[He] has been toying with the idea for a while and has been getting more and more into politics.”
But the famous rap singer, who is married to Kim Kardashian, has reportedly not filed paperwork yet and will be unable to get on the ballot in seven states.
“A Kanye presidential run has been teased for years,” POLITICO reported. “He and Kardashian West have worked with Trump on several occasions, including on commuting the sentences of individuals convicted of nonviolent offenses.”
It’s unlikely that Kanye West has a serious chance of winning the presidency, however, that doesn’t mean that his third-party candidacy won’t make a difference in the election.
Joe Biden will have a harder job convincing minority voters to vote for him if there is an African American man on the ballot.
But there is also the potential for Kanye West to take away votes from Trump, after all, Kanye West was a vocal Trump supporter during the 2016 election.
In 2019, Kanye West praised the Republican Party for freeing the slaves, saying, “Abraham Lincoln was the Whig Party, that’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves.”
He has also criticized the fact that black people are told who to vote for based off of the color of their skin.
“Both my parents were freedom fighters, and they used to drink from fountains they were told they couldn’t drink from, and they used to sit in restaurants where they were told they couldn’t eat from,” West said. “They didn’t fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on.”
Biden said that if African Americans don’t vote for him,“you ain’t black.”
One good consequence, if Kanye West launches a full-scale campaign, is that Joe Biden will stop being able to say that he is owed the allegiance of the black community by default.
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