At this year’s MTV Video Music Awards show, famed rapper, producer, and fashion designer Kanye West announced that he will be running for president of the United States in 2020. West received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, presented by Taylor Swift at the show, and in his following impassioned acceptance speech he told the audience, “It's about ideas, bro, new ideas. People with ideas, people who believe in truth.” West implored the audience to “listen to the kids,” highlighting his belief in the creativity and productiveness of American youth and hope for the next generation. Although he claimed that he isn’t a politician, West believes he can take on the job as the highest ranking political officer in the U.S.
The final line of West’s acceptance speech declared his official declaration for candidacy: "And yes, as you probably could've guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president,” West said. Following the VMAs, the twitter account of the Democratic Party tweeted Kanye: “Welcome to the race, Mr. West. Glad to have you.”
West hopes to bring some of his creative ideas to the Oval Office and acknowledges just how important campaigning actually is. “ . . . Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do,” West said in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.
Actress Lindsay Lohan has also expressed interest in running for president in 2020, perhaps inspired by West’s actions. Lohan tweeted, “In #2020 I may run for president. Through ups and downs #YESWECAN let’s do this @kanyewest.” Though Lohan may still be undecided, West has expressed devoted interest to his upcoming candidacy in 2020; only time will tell Mr. West can make a viable bid for the presidency.