‘You Have My Full Support’: Kanye West Announces 2020 Presidential Run, Elon Musk Quickly Endorses

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Kanye West spent his Fourth of July announcing a presidential run later this year against the incumbent he previously endorsed, President Trump, and presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden.

“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 on Saturday evening.

The hip-hop music rapper and producer has yet to officially file with the Federal Election Commission but he was met with some support online.

Immediately after West tweeted his ambitious run, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said he had his “full support.”

While the announcement was somewhat surprising, the Hollywood Reporter reports that West has previously vocalized his political ambitions on more than one occasion:

Having leaned more into politics in recent years, including a handful of meetings with Donald Trump, the announcement follows numerous statements by West in the past about his intentions to run for the highest office in the land — most recently last November at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. The difference with that announcement was his presidential sights were set on a 2024 bid.

“When I run for President in 2024,” West began, interrupted by an outbreak of laughter in the audience. “What y’all laughing at? We would create so many jobs! I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk. When you see headlines saying Kanye’s crazy — one in three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing, they got no opinion, they’re so scared!”

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West stunned viewers during the 2015 MTV VMAs when he announced a potential 2020 run after receiving the Video Vanguard Award from Taylor Swift. Later that year, he emphasized his intentions to run while at New York Fashion Week debuting the second season of his Yeezy clothing line.

Politico reports the tweet was well received, going semi-viral overnight: “As of early Sunday morning, the 43-year-old musician’s announcement had more than 416,000 retweets or quote tweets and 830,000 likes on Twitter.”

Here’s how some other people responded to the announcement:

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