The White House Responds to Kanye West’s Bid for President
Kanye West announced an upcoming run for the US presidency in the future 2020 election during his lengthy acceptance speech for the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards last night (August 30). It was the single most tweeted amount moment of the evening, and less than 24 hours later, the White House itself has responded to his bid.
According to the Associated Press, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was onboard an Air Force One flight with President Obama when Earnest said he looks “forward to seeing what slogan [Kanye] chooses to embroider on his campaign hat.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Kanye got political -- think back to his now-iconic moment during a live telecast meant to support the victims suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in which he famously pointed out the discrepancies in media coverage between the portrayal of black victims versus white ones. Unfortunately, the accuracy of his statement was ultimately overshadowed by his sudden declaration that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
Executive producer Rick Kaplan says Kanye wasn’t cut off at the time, because they never intended to do so. According to mediaite.com he said, “There was never a thought that we were going to just cut him off. This was an extraordinary moment, and however ugly it might turn out to be, you don’t need to make it uglier. Ultimately, it isn’t necessarily an ugly moment, it’s an honest moment."
Are you looking forward to seeing Kanye's eventual presidential campaign? Can you imagine a world in which Kanye is the official political leader of the United States?
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