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    Kanye West Said He's Going To Run For President And The Reactions Are The Only Funny Thing About It

    He announced via tweet.

    Welp, in today's episode of 2020, the Shitshow, Kanye West has announced his run for president.

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    The 43-year-old shared the news in a Fourth of July tweet:

    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 🇺🇸! #2020VISION

    Kim Kardashian West responded with a simple US flag emoji...

    ...while Elon Musk, who recently hung out with Kanye and took this viral pic, replied to Ye's tweet by saying, "You have my full support!"

    When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange 🍊

    Although I was the mind-blown 🤯 emoji when I read the news, I shouldn't be so shocked — the rapper has said more than once that he intended to run for office. Back in 2015, Kanye accepted the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs, saying, "It's about ideas, bruh, new ideas, people with ideas, people who believe in truth," before revealing that he'd decided to run for president in 2020.

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    You can read his full speech here.

    Then, last year, he said that he planned to run in 2024 and he would create new jobs: "When I run for president in 2024, there would be so many jobs that I'm not gonna run, I'm gonna walk."

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    But it's worth noting that (so far) his 2015, 2019, and 2020 claims that he would run for president have been nothing but talk. According to Ballotpedia, Kanye has yet to officially register as an independent* candidate and has missed the deadline to do so for numerous states.

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    *Joe Biden and Donald Trump are, respectively, the presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees. Kanye has also been a vocal supporter of the latter, making his supposed run against him...interesting.

    Of course, people made jokes about the whole thing:

    Kris Jenner getting ready to produce a spin-off of the Kardashians in the White House #ye2020

    white house before and after the Kardashians give it a makeover.

    Me checking to see if the simpsons predicted anything about kanye:

    can’t wait to see Kim Kardashian’s next 73 questions with Vogue walking around the White House

    they really might be filming keeping up w the kardashians in the white house

    Kanye West isn’t really gonna run for President, but his next album will be called Presidential Dropout

    But others made it clear that Kanye's ~supposed~ run for president is no laughing matter:

    it’s not even funny that Kanye is running for president... what the fuck is going on. our lives aren’t joke and neither are politics.

    Kanye West went from endorsing Trump to claiming he’d run against him —an announcement that benefits the president to the degree it spotlights Biden’s need for black voters & his potential weakness with young voters https://t.co/0m4PUO6s6a

    Ppl literally voted for Harambe in 2016. They will 100% write Kanye in and cost us votes. This isn’t a joking matter. https://t.co/3Tvg50xcdD

    i can’t stress this enough do not write in Kanye’s name when y’all vote. this is not a game

    DO NOT VOTE FOR KANYE AS A JOKE. DO NOT VOTE FOR KANYE AS A JOKE. DO NOT VOTE FOR KANYE AS A JOKE. DO NOT VOTE FOR KANYE AS A JOKE. DO NOT VOTE FOR KANYE AS A JOKE. DO NOT VOTE FOR KANYE AS A JOKE. DO NOT VOTE FOR KANYE AS A JOKE. DO NOT VOTE FOR KANYE AS A JOKE.

    I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Until then, share your thoughts in the comments.

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