2020 keeps throwing us flaming curve balls; Kanye West chose the 4th of July to announce he’s running for president.
West’s Saturday night Twitter post instantly went viral, with more than 100,000 retweets within the first hour. West has 29.4 million followers , quickly became the number one trending term on Twitter in the U.S.
If West is serious, there is a L O N G list of hurdles toward running that would be nearly insurmountable for most candidates, including starting a campaign from scratch in July of an election year. He would need to qualify for ballot access across 50 states and DC, as well as build a presidential-grade political organization from scratch without the support of a party infrastructure.
West hasn’t filed forms with the Federal Election Commission to run for office, according to a Bloomberg review of FEC data.
West, 43, has talked about running for president for years, and last year told an audience he’d run for president in 2024. He and wife, Kim Kardashian West, have worked with Trump a number of times including on the release of prisoners.
Meanwhile, the retweets continue to pile up, pointing to their influence both in entertainment and even business.
West, who told Trump his Adidas deal made him a billionaire.
Multi-Billionaire Elon Musk, who previously supported Andrew Yang for POTUS, quickly said,
“You have my full support!”
How many horsemen is that, so far –I lost count…?
You have my full support!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020