This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Hip-hop singer Kanye West has announced his candidacy for the 2020 US presidential election. Kanye, who has been deepening his Christian evangelical faith in recent years, tweeted, "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!"
Elon Musk, who was meeting with Kanye just the other day, reacted quickly to this and tweeted "You have my full support!". And Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian, also tweeted an American flag as a show of support.
You have my full support!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
However, it's not clear if Kanye West has actually put together and filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for president in November. As far as Bloomberg's review of FEC data is concerned, the candidacy process has not yet taken place.
Some in social media circles think that this is part of the promotion of his new album or something about his own fashion brand. On the other hand, there are speculations that this is a ploy to get Trump re-elected, and there are even whispers that he might actually run for president and take on the role of splitting the vote against the Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Kanye's announcement of his intention to run for president is not entirely unpredictable in itself. Kanye also stated his intention to run for president at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. As recently as 2019, he stated in front of his fans his intention to run for president in 2024.
After all, as you know, Kanye didn't run for president in 2016, and then after Donald Trump became president, he even went to the White House to express his enthusiastic support for the president.
But then Kanye never publicly stated his support for Trump. High Snobiety and others have reported that this action of support for Trump was done to extract a pardon for (untrue) black prisoner Alice Marie Johnson.
So we don't know whether or not Kanye's tweet will turn out to be true or not, what Elon Musk's endorsement means, or what he can really do with his presidential bid now, but for now, we'll just have to wait and see how things play out.
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