- Kanye West doesn’t seem like a viable candidate for the Oval Office in 2024, but neither did Donald Trump in 2016.
- He and wife Kim Kardashian are building a broad, centrist coalition for a 2024 presidential bid.
- Both Obama and Trump have suggested they think Kanye West could be president someday.
When Kanye West said he was running for president in 2020 at the VMAs in 2015, people wrote it off as just another characteristic outburst of eccentricity and megalomania. We’re talking about the guy who appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone as Jesus.
He’s also famous for grandiose proclamations like this notorious quote from a 2013 interview with Sway:
I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney. Nike. Google.
From the view in 2019 though, it’s hard to doubt that the multi-platinum selling rapper is serious. Just saying he’s running is one thing, but Kanye West is walking the walk.
West and wife, Kim Kardashian are on an all-out media and activism offensive this year, making inroads into key political blocks. They appear to be building a broad centrist coalition for 2024.
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After Donald Trump won the 2016 election, West pushed his timeline back four years, teasing “2024” on Twitter, and telling interviewers he’d be running for president. In September 2018, he told Power 92 Chicago’s DJ Pharris:
If I decide to do it, it will be done, I’m not going to try… Yes, 100 per cent it could happen… 2024.
At Fast Company’s Innovation Festival earlier this month, West said:
When I run for president in 2024 we would have created so many jobs I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk.
He also said he’s seriously considering legally changing his name to “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West.” If Trump’s 2016 run was a bizarre spectacle that created a gravity well the media and electorate couldn’t escape, Kanye West would be…