Kayne West announced yesterday night he is running for President.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” West tweeted Saturday evening. “I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION”
West will apparently run as an independent.
The FEC Database now has multiple listings for “KANYE” including “KANYE FOR A DOPER AMERICA” “KANYE 4 A DOPER AMERICA” “READY FOR KANYE” and “KANYE WESTPAC”.
As of Sunday morning, no funds had been raised for any of the listings.
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— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
West’s announcement comes at a time when President Trump has increased racial tensions among Americans following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the protests from the horrific event globally. West is a know Trump supporter, shown here at a local Naperville Taco Shop in 2018.
In 2018, following West’s publicly praising Trump, a YouGov/Huffington Post poll showed 1,000 US adults taken shortly after West began openly praising Trump in April, 2018, showed a complete flip in public opinion; just 9% of black Americans and 13% of Democrats said they had a favorable opinion of him, compared to 20% of whites and 34% of Republicans.
The announcement on July 4th was an ill-timed politically with only five primaries remaining in America, one of them the July 12th Puerto Rico primaries. Others remaining include the July 7th Delaware and New Jersey primaries, the July 11th Louisiana primaries, and the Connecticut primaries on August 11th.
The following week the Democrat National Convention will be held August 17th to the 20th, followed by the Republican National Convention August 24th to the 27th. The first Presidential Debate is scheduled for September 29th.
Deadlines have also been missed to file for November’s election in several states, including Indiana, Main, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Texas. Voters in those states would have to write him in on the ballot.
With the announcement, there are now seven third party candidates campaigning for votes among Americans. Other independents running include Mark Charles and Joe Schriner. Other write in votes include members of the Socialist and Transhumanist parties.
Questions remain how likely West’s announcement will take root in America’s two party system.